HL Deb 30 July 1999 vol 604 c236WA
Baroness Blatch

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Answer given by Baroness Blackstone that "The court ruled that the Government's policy on the duration of assisted places for primary-aged pupils is lawful, and is being applied in a consistent and fair manner" (H.L. Deb., 20 July, col. 812), whether they will provide the reference for this ruling in the relevant court judgment by Mr. Justice Kay. [HL3868]

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

The application for judicial review had been sought on the basis of a claim that the Secretary of State's decision in this case was unlawful because a legitimate expectation had been frustrated, the underlying policy was not logical or consistent, and the decision was contrary to the European Convention on Human Rights. The judgment rejected all those challenges. The court therefore upheld the Secretary of State's decision and policy as lawful, consistent and fair.