§ 19. Lady Olga Maitland
To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to make uniforms compulsory in schools.
§ Mr. Patten
The Government believe that school uniforms can help foster a sense of responsibility and encourage high standards and good behaviour, but it is for individual governing bodies to decide whether to require the wearing of uniforms by their pupils. My right hon. Friend the Minister of State has no plans to make uniforms compulsory in maintained schools.