Clause 78

Part of Education and Skills Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 1:30 pm on 28th February 2008.

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Photo of Gordon Marsden Gordon Marsden Labour, Blackpool South 1:30 pm, 28th February 2008

I entirely agree with the position that my hon. Friend takes. As it happens, I also agree with the overall  consensus of comments on independent schools. Does he agree that, in the current economic climate, a proportion of independent schools, albeit a small proportion, whether or not they are members of the ISC, face considerable economic pressure? In those circumstances, it is important for the reputation of the sector as a whole as well as for the protection of parents that minimum standards should apply across the piece.