Education Bill — Schools Forums only set up if a majority of governing bodies voted for one — rejected — 14 May 2002 at 18:46

Baroness Blackstone voted with the majority (Not-Content).

The majority Not-Content voters rejected an amendment[1] to the Education Bill. The amendment would have only allowed schools forums to be set up if a majority of governing bodies of state schools in an area voted for one. However, the amendment was defeated.

Schools forums are bodies set up by local education authorities (LEAs) to improve dialogue between schools and LEAs and decide on funding. The forum's representatives include members of governing bodies and headteachers within the LEA area.

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

PartyMajority (Not-Content)Minority (Content)Turnout
Con0 54 (+2 tell)25.3%
Ind Lab1 0100.0%
Lab110 (+2 tell) 058.0%
LDem0 1725.8%
Other1 06.3%
Crossbench6 56.4%
Total:118 7629.6%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

Lords 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 lord who could have voted in this division

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