HL Deb 03 June 1998 vol 590 cc35-6WA
Lord Desai

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What arrangements will be made, under the School Standards and Framework Bill, for the conduct of parental ballots on the admission arrangements of grammar schools. [HL2082]

The Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment (Baroness Blackstone)

The department has today issued draft regulations for consultation which detail how parents will be able to petition and ballot over the future of grammar schools' selective admission arrangements. We are issuing at the same time the associated draft order designating grammar schools. Copies of the draft regulations and order are being sent to all grammar schools, all local education authorities, and a number of representative national organisations, seeking comments by 31 July. Copies have also been placed in the Library.