On Thursday 12 March, MPs took part in a debate on a motion on education regulations and faith schools. This debate was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee. The Members in charge for this debate are Sir Edward Leigh, Robert Flello, Martin Vickers.
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The debate was opened by Sir Edward Leigh, Conservative MP for Gainsborough. This was the second item of main business and followed the debate on defence spending.
Text of the motion
MPs will debate the motion
'That this House believes that Ofsted should respect the ability of faith schools to teach their core beliefs in the context of respect and toleration for others.'
Backbench Business Committee
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