Class Sizes — 29 Jun 1998
Miss Ann Widdecombe MP, Maidstone and The Weald voted in the minority (Aye).
I beg to move,
That this House notes that primary class sizes have increased since the Government came to power, and that almost half a million pupils at Key Stage 1 are now in classes of 31 or more; condemns the Government's failure to deliver its early pledge to reduce infant class sizes; believes that while reducing class sizes is a desirable objective, this should not be done at the expense of parental choice or by creating more mixed-age classes; and condemns the Government's inability to implement its pledge in a way consistent with raising educational standards.
I beg to move, To leave out from "House" to the end of the Question, and to add instead thereof:
"congratulates the Government on the excellent progress it has already made towards honouring its pledge that no child of 5, 6 or 7 will be in a class of over 30 by the end of this Parliament, which will mean that 100,000 fewer infants will be in large classes from this September and the pledge will be met ahead of schedule by September 2001; and notes the Opposition's continuing hostility to class size reduction, having presided over year-on-year increases since 1988.".
Question put, That the original words stand part of the Question:--
The House divided: Ayes 134, Noes 297.
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|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||0||132 (+2 tell)||0||82.7%|
|Lab||282 (+2 tell)||0||0||67.9%|