Baroness Blatch, Minister of State for Education, must accept that specialist schools, be they religious, single sex, or special needs, will invariably attract pupils from a wider catchment area - beyond the boundaries of any borough. Many of the Muslim children attending the school (and on the waiting list) do not live in the London Borough of Brent. They will now have no option for their secondary schooling, probably reluctantly returning to their borough of origin, thus spurning Brent's surplus places. Where is the sense?
By using such spurious arguments the Government has once again demonstrated how out of touch it is with reality.
Liberal Democrat Group
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