HC Deb 04 July 2002 vol 388 cc500-1W
Mr. Pickthall

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what mechanisms she has to guarantee fair admissions in the secondary school system as restructured according to her plans. [66364]

Mr. Miliband

The Education Bill will place a duty on LEAs to co-ordinate the admissions process for their area. Every admission authority in that area will have a duty to comply with the agreed co-ordination scheme for their area. The scheme will set out a common timetable for local admissions, and ensure that all parents state their preferred schools on a single form and are made a single offer of a school place on the same day. This will be fairer than the current system—where some parents may hold multiple offers of places, while others have none. All maintained schools and academies will be part of these local schemes. Admission forums will be responsible for monitoring the admissions process in their area, to check that it operates in the best interests of children and parents.