I know that some people would like to use this Bill as an opportunity to pursue a separate agenda to do with the existence of faith schools and their place in a largely secular society. Others here are deeply engaged in and committed to faith-based education. For that purpose, I should declare my own interest as a practising Catholic whose son attends a faith-based school. I need to make it clear that the Government are ﬁrmly of the view that faith-based schools make an important contribution to the diversity of our education provision. Therefore we do not intend this Bill to aﬀect the status quo in terms of their continued existence and their ability to operate in accordance with their particular ethos.