Education and Inspections Bill — Duty to encourage schools to become foundation schools — rejected — 23 May 2006 at 20:00
Charles Walker MP, Broxbourne voted in the minority (Aye).
The majority No voters rejected a new clause for the Education and Inspections Bill. The new clause would have put an obligation on ministers and local authorities to encourage all state schools to achieve 'foundation' status. This means the governing body has greater freedom to manage the school. However, the amendment was defeated.
The main aims of the Education and Inspections Bill were to:
- Allow schools to achieve 'foundation' or 'trust' status - this gives governing bodies greater freedom to manage the school.
- Reaffirm the existing ban on selection by ability and proposes a ban on interviewing.
- Give local authorities greater scope to intervene more quickly in failing schools.
- Ensure local authorities provide free school transport for the poorest families.
- Enable nutritional standards to be applied to all food and drink on school premises.
- Allow staff to discipline children for bad behaviour even outside of school.
- Ensure parents are held responsible for excluded pupils.
-  Nick Gibb MP, House of Commons, 23 May 2006
-  BBC Summary of the Education and Inspections Bill, 8 March 2006
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
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.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||0||161 (+2 tell)||0||83.6%|
|Lab||322 (+2 tell)||0||0||91.8%|