Education Bill

Part of the debate – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:13 pm on 1st March 2011.

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Photo of Mark Hendrick Mark Hendrick Opposition Assistant Whip (Commons) 12:13 pm, 1st March 2011

My question is aimed at David Smellie. In response to a question from Kevin Brennan, you said that clarity in law was very important to make legal challenges less likely in future. On the question about teachers being able to search pupils of the opposite sex without another teacher being present, clearly representatives of head teachers, and, I think, Matt himself, said that that was a bad idea. Do you think that it is important, therefore, that that should be precluded in the legislation, so that such a bad practice would be less likely?