Education and Inspections Bill — Restrictions on Special School Closures — rejected — 24 May 2006 at 14:30
Oliver Letwin MP, West Dorset voted in the minority (Aye).
The majority No voters rejected a new clause for the Education and Inspections Bill. The new clause would have required any proposed closures of special schools to be cleared by the Secretary of State. In addition, they could only close them as long as there were sufficient special schools nearby. However, this 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.
-  John Hayes MP, House of Commons, 24 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||137 (+2 tell)||0||71.3%|
|Lab||314 (+2 tell)||0||0||89.5%|