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School Places

Volume 300: debated on Monday 10 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what plans he has to review the allocation of school places which prevents a local education authority giving children from its own area priority in admissions to its own schools, when pupils from other authorities live closer to the school. [14758]

We have no plans to reverse the "Greenwich judgment", under which LEAs may not give preference to children living in their administrative area over children living elsewhere. We do, however, believe that there should be greater co-operation and co-ordination between neighbouring authorities, and we shall encourage this in our proposed new Code of Practice on admissions.