School Standards and Framework Bill — Exemption from strict class size limits — rejected — 11 Mar 1998

The School Standards and Framework Bill gives the Secretary of State the power to set limits on infant class sizes,[1] and requires every Local Education Authority to prepare a plan for securing this limit.[2]

The majority of MPs voted against inserting a new clause into the School Standards and Framework Bill which would have exempted those Local Education Authorities from these rules if their average class sizes were three below the limit set (and no class was more than five above the limit).[3]

The argument for the clause (which was rejected) was to give some leeway to the class sizes requirements so that a popular teacher in a popular school could take on a larger class.[4]

The School Standards and Framework Bill's main aims were to:


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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
Con0 130 (+2 tell)081.5%
DUP1 0050.0%
Independent Conservative1 00100.0%
Lab280 (+2 tell) 0067.6%
LDem39 0084.8%
PC4 00100.0%
UUP8 0080.0%
Total:333 130072.7%

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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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