OFFICIAL Labour Party policy on education poses no threat to Church schools, according to Labour's front bench spokesman on schools, Mr Frank Field.
Mr Field told a three-man deputation from the Catholic Teachers' Federation last week that official policy was to maintain the "status quo" as far as Church schools were concerned. The CTF had expressed concern about statements emerging from some local Labour parties in London and elsewhere calling for the "phasing out of denominational schools".
The deputation also asked for clarification of the party's intentions regarding changes in the rules on 'charitable status" which could have implications for schools and religious institutions. Mr Field agreed that this was a complex issue but gave an assurance that there was no intention of adding to the burden of those who support voluntary schools.