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Education Bill

Asked why the Secretary of State should retain a veto power on new schools being set up by councils, the PMOS replied that it was at least three weeks since the Government had set out its position on this issue: to make sure that an Authority met the criteria in terms of its work and therefore, that there was not a situation where an Authority that was underperforming was setting up more poorly performing schools. The final decision, however, would be taken by the Schools’ Adjudicator.

Asked if the Prime Minister was prepared to offer any more concessions to get the Bill through the PMOS said he did not use that ‘C-word’, and that the Bill would be published later today. The PMOS added that he used a different ‘C-word’: clarification.

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