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Church Schools (Admissions)

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether it is the policy of the Government that the proposed new local authorities in Northern Ireland should have the power to require new church schools to reserve up to a quarter of admissions places for pupils from other denominations or faiths; and if he will make a statement. (95614)

The Education and Inspections Bill 2006 does not apply to Northern Ireland which has its own education legislation. There is no provision in NI legislation for faith schools. All grant-aided schools in Northern Ireland are open to members of all faiths and none. The Government have no plans to introduce faith schools in Northern Ireland.