§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science on what basis Churches are granted financial assistance towards the establishment of church schools; and whether, in addition to Roman Catholic, Church of England and Jewish schools, such assistance is equally available on the same terms to other religious denominations, particularly of the various ethnic groups.
§ Dr. Boyson
If the promoters of a voluntary aided school secure the Secretary of State's approval under section 13 of the Education Act 1980 to the school's establishment and subsequent maintenance by local education authority, 85 per cent. grant on the site and building costs may then be paid by the Secretary of State under section 1 of the Education Act 1967. There are no limitations on the religious or other nature of voluntary bodies that may make such proposals, each of which is considered on its merits.