On 16th December 2015 votes were held on amendments to the Government’s Education and Adoption Bill at its Report stage in the House of Lords. Several bishops took part in the votes:
Lord Watson of Invergowrie moved amendment 15C, in clause 7, page 6, line 5, to leave out “must” and insert “may”. The House divided:
Contents: 219 | Not Contents: 219 | Result: Government Win
The Bishops of Chester, Durham and Ely all voted ‘not content’. The Bishop of Ely’s speech during debate on this group of amendments can be seen here.
Lord Storey moved amendment 15D, in clause 7, page 6, line 8, at end to insert: “( ) In determining whether to make an Academy order in respect of a maintained school in England, the Secretary of State must consider the availability of a suitable sponsor with a value added measure above the national average. ( ) If no suitable sponsor is available, the Secretary of State must appoint as a sponsor a willing council-maintained school or local authority with a value added measure above the national average.” The House divided:
Contents: 73 | Not Contents: 209 | Result: Government Win
The Bishops of Durham and Ely voted ‘not content’.
Lord Watson of Invergowrie moved amendment 16A, in clause 8, page 6, line 25, at end to insert: “5ZA Consultation about conversion: schools issued with an Academy order (1) If a school is issued with an Academy order under section 4(A1) or (1)(b), consultation must be held on whether conversion should take place. (2) The consultation exercise must include: (a) parents of children attending the school; (b) teachers and staff at the school; (c) governors at the school; (d) the relevant local authority; (e) such other persons as the Secretary of State considers appropriate. (3) The terms of such consultation, including the minimum length of time that must be allowed, shall be prescribed by the Secretary of State in regulations. (4) After the close of the consultation, the Secretary of State must take into account the outcome of the consultation when deciding whether conversion is appropriate for the school.” The House divided:
Contents: 191 | Not Contents: 205 | Result: Government Win
The Bishops of Chester, Durham and Ely all voted ‘not content’.