Education and Inspections Bill — Faith schools must accept pupils from outside the faith — rejected — 30 Oct 2006 at 22:24
Lord Macdonald of Tradeston voted in the minority (Content).
The majority Not Contents defeated an amendment which would have allowed Local Authorities (or the Secretary of State) to choose to require that new faith schools had to admit a portion of their intake (up to 25%) from outside the faith. The amendment introduces a new clause into the Education and Inspections Bill after clause 45. However, the amendment was rejected.
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.
-  Lord Baker of Dorking, House of Lords, 30 October 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.
|Party||Majority (Not-Content)||Minority (Content)||Turnout|
|Con||17||11 (+1 tell)||13.7%|
|Lab||79 (+2 tell)||15||44.9%|