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Grammar Schools: Admissions

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how much has been spent from the public purse on petitioning and balloting procedures in relation to selective admission arrangements for grammar schools since the coming into force of the provisions of the Education (Grammar School Ballots) Regulations 1998; (280122)

(2) what costs his Department has incurred in respect of retaining the services of the Electoral Reform Society for (a) petitions and (b) ballots on selective admission arrangements to grammar schools.

The report to Ministers on the grammar schools' ballot system was released in August 2007. It outlines annual expenditure, including the administrative costs—to date, these together have totalled £2.32 million.