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Voluntary Schools

Volume 77: debated on Friday 19 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if any problems remain outstanding in the diocese of Oxford concerning the making of instruments of government for voluntary schools in the diocese pursuant to the Education Act 1980.

Various issues were raised in local consultations which are required before my right hon. Friend may make new instruments for such schools, and these issues have taken a little time to resolve. However, new instruments have now been made for most of the diocese's schools in Buckinghamshire, and the remainder, together with those for their schools in Berkshire and Oxfordshire, are expected to be made shortly.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science when it is anticipated that, pursuant to the Education Act 1980, new instruments of government will be completed for voluntary schools in Oxfordshire.

There are 154 voluntary schools in Oxfordshire. New instruments have already been made for five, and those for the 124 schools under the diocese of Oxford will be made shortly. Draft instruments for the remainder are currently out for consultation and should all be finalised in good time for the 1 September 1985 deadline.