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Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

In December 2005, the Draft Education (Northern Ireland) Order was published for consultation. Following consideration of the responses to the consultation and the views expressed to me in a series of meetings with key interests in Northern Ireland, I have laid the Draft Order before the House today.

Copies of the Draft Order and Explanatory Memorandum, together with copies of a summary of the responses to the consultation on the Draft Education (Northern Ireland) Order, which sets out the Government's response to the consultation, have been made available in the Vote Office and the Printed Paper Office.