Row over grammar ballot parents

14th January 2000 at 00:00
THREE schools withholding vital information required for ballots governing the future of grammars in Birmingham and Kent may be censured by the Government.

The schools, which include at least one feeder primary, were supposed to have supplied the Electoral Reform Ballot Services with the names of parents

eligible to vote more than two months ago.

They have now been sent further letters requesting the information needed to set the number of signature required on petitions to trigger ballots.

Nick Goodman, ERBS senior ballot adviser, expects the information "in the next few weeks".

And a spokesman for the Department for Education and Employment said: "If these schools don't respond we will be sending them a warning letter about their legal obligations."

Anti-selection campaigners seeking ballots in Kent and Birmingham do not know the size of the petition this requires.

Clare Dean

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