§ Mr. St. John-Stevas
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what guidance she has given to local education authorities over the retention and provision of single-sex schools in the light of the Sex Discrimination Act.
§ Mrs. Shirley Williams
My Department's Circular 2/76 drew the attention of local education authorities to the duties and obligations imposed on them by the Sex Discrimination Act 1975. It explains specifically that admissions to single-sex educational establishments are exempt from the relevant provisions of the Act, by virtue of the provisions of Section 26 of the Act.