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Copies of the executive summary of the PwC report, Review of Prison-Based Drug Treatment Funding, December 2007 have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses, the Vote Office and the Printed Paper Office.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Children, Schools and Families (Lord Adonis): My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (Ed Balls) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.
Last Tuesday I announced the next steps we are taking to strengthen the admissions system. This Statement provides an update for the House, and sets out further steps we are taking to ensure the proper implementation of the school admissions code, so that no parent or child is disadvantaged by unfair admission arrangements.
As I announced last week, we will be introducing an amendment to the Education and Skills Bill placing a duty on local authorities to report annually to the chief adjudicator on the legality, fairness and effectiveness of admission arrangements in their area. Following Royal Assent, the chief adjudicator will be able to draw upon these reports in his annual report to me.
I propose to accept his proposals, and have asked him to provide an interim update in July and a final
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I have also today published draft regulations for consultation that extend the period in which objections can be referred to the schools adjudicator on determined admission arrangements for entry in 2009. Extending the period from six to 16 weeks will ensure that
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As I said in my Statement last week, we are currently verifying our recent findings with the local authorities and schools concerned and I will make another Statement to Parliament when this process is complete.
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