Education Bill — No requirements of attendance at a place of religious worship — rejected — 6 Feb 2002 at 21:30

The majority No voters rejected a new clause[1] to the Education Bill. This would have required religious state schools to accept a minimum of 25% of non-religious applicants. It also states that pupils admitted to state schools, and their parents and guardians, do not have to attend a place of worship or belong to a particular faith. However, the amendment was defeated.

The main aims of the Education Bill were to[2]:

  • Allow schools to exempt themselves from laws which prevented them from innovating. However, this is dependent on the Secretary of State's approval.
  • Give good schools the option of qualifying for greater flexibility in the National Curriculum and teachers' pay.
  • Allow schools to join together in a federation under a single governing body.
  • Further regulate school admissions, exclusions and attendance policies.
  • Give the Secretary of State further powers to intervene in failing schools.
  • Introduce a new regulatory regime for independent schools.

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Party Summary

Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.

What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.

What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.

What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.

PartyMajority (No)Minority (Aye)BothTurnout
Con135 0082.3%
DUP3 0060.0%
Ind0 10100.0%
Lab265 (+2 tell) 45 (+1 tell)076.5%
LDem2 36 (+1 tell)073.6%
PC0 40100.0%
UUP0 1016.7%
Total:405 87077.3%

Rebel Voters - sorted by vote

MPs for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party. You can see all votes in this division, or every eligible MP who could have voted in this division

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NameConstituencyPartyVote
John AustinErith and ThamesmeadLabaye
Andrew BennettDenton and ReddishLabaye
Roger BerryKingswoodLabaye
Harold BestLeeds North WestLabaye
Martin CatonGowerLab (minister)aye
Colin ChallenMorley and RothwellLabaye
David ChaytorBury NorthLabaye
Michael ClaphamBarnsley West and PenistoneLabaye
David ClellandTyne BridgeLabaye
Ann ClwydCynon ValleyLab (minister)aye
Harry CohenLeyton and WansteadLabaye
Jeremy CorbynIslington NorthLabaye
Ann CryerKeighleyLabaye
Tam DalyellLinlithgowLabaye
Valerie DaveyBristol WestLabaye
Janet DeanBurtonLabaye
Frank DobsonHolborn and St PancrasLabaye
Gwyneth DunwoodyCrewe and NantwichLabaye
Clive EffordElthamLabaye
Paul FlynnNewport WestLabaye
Neil GerrardWalthamstowLabaye
Ian GibsonNorwich NorthLabaye
Jane GriffithsReading EastLabaye
David HinchliffeWakefieldLabaye
Kelvin HopkinsLuton NorthLabaye
Eric IllsleyBarnsley CentralLabaye
Glenda JacksonHampstead and HighgateLabaye
Jon Owen JonesCardiff CentralLabtellaye
Lynne JonesBirmingham, Selly OakLabaye
Terry LewisWorsleyLabaye
Alice MahonHalifaxLabaye
Chris McCaffertyCalder ValleyLabaye
John McDonnellHayes and HarlingtonLab (minister)aye
John McWilliamBlaydonLabaye
Chris MullinSunderland SouthLabaye
Martin O'NeillOchilLabaye
Gordon PrenticePendleLabaye
Gwyn ProsserDoverLabaye
Brian SedgemoreHackney South and ShoreditchLabaye
Alan SimpsonNottingham SouthLabaye
Dennis SkinnerBolsoverLab (minister)aye
Chris SmithIslington South and FinsburyLabaye
Clive SoleyEaling, Acton and Shepherd's BushLabaye
Gerry SteinbergCity of DurhamLabaye
Robert WareingLiverpool, West DerbyLabaye
Tony WrightCannock ChaseLabaye
John BurnettTorridge and West DevonLDemno
Brian CotterWeston-Super-MareLDemno

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