Parental Choice

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 4th February 2008.

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Photo of Graham Brady Graham Brady Conservative, Altrincham and Sale West

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether it is his Department's policy to maximise parental choice in relation to educational provision; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners)

My Department is, indeed, committed to increasing parental choice in education provision. Our aim is to ensure that there are more places in good schools and in the right places for parents to choose from. Choice cannot be unfettered, however; it needs to be managed and that is why we have introduced a rigorous admissions code that will be properly enforced.

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