Grammar Schools

House of Lords written question – answered on 11th January 2000.

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Photo of Lord Peston Lord Peston Labour

asked Her Majesty's Government:

(a) For which grammar schools or groups of grammar schools or selective areas have letters been received by Electoral Reform Ballot Services notifying an intention to organise a petition to trigger a ballot to open up these schools to children of all abilities;

(b) On which dates these letters were received;

(c) On which dates the writers of these letters were notified of the threshold number of signatures required for a valid petition; and

(d) What is the threshold number of signatures required for each grammar school or group of grammar schools or area for which letters have been received.

Photo of Baroness Blackstone Baroness Blackstone Minister of State (Education and Employment), Department for Education and Employment

The requested information is as follows:

a b c d
Petition area and type Date of request to set a threshold Date on which threshold was set Threshold figure
Barnet (group of 3 schools) 1 September 1999 25 November 1999 7,209
Birmingham (group of 2 schools) 1 September 1999 threshold not yet set
Birmingham (group of 6 schools) 1 September 1999 threshold not yet set
Kent (whole area) 1 September 1999 threshold not yet set
Ripon (stand-alone) 7 September 1999 26 October 1999 587
Sutton (whole area) 27 September 1999 2 December 1999 7,375
Trafford (whole area) 1 September 1999 13 December 1999 8,518

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