| 25th January 2004 | Modified: 15th October 2014 | Christianity, News Releases | Seen 29 times | Liked 0 times

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25th January 2004


The following statement has been issued by Mr Michael McGrath, Director of the Scottish Catholic Education Service.  

"The Diocese of Motherwell has been in discussions with North Lanarkshire Council (NLC) for several months in an effort to reach agreement on their shared campus proposals. From the beginning, the Church stated a preference for a model that allowed each school to operate as a discrete community - with its own ethos and identity, while sharing facilities where appropriate.  
Initial suggestions from NLC indicated this was acceptable - subsequent developments however have led the Diocese to believe that these early indications are no longer being honoured. Specifically the PPP tenders prepared by the council do not specify the requirements and criteria requested by the Church."  

Mr McGrath added;  

"Unless written assurances are provided by the council that tenders will proceed on the basis required by the Church, the Bishop of Motherwell* will have no alternative but to withdraw consent from the shared campus proposals and seek the intervention of the First Minister."  

Mr McGrath concluded;  

"All Local Authorities in Scotland have a statutory obligation to manage denominational schools in the interests of the Catholic Church. We seek only an assurance from North Lanarkshire Council that all shared campus schools will be designed and managed with this in mind."  


* Right Rev. Joseph Devine  

Scottish Catholic Education Service  
75 Craipark, Glasgow G31 2HD  
Tel: 0141 556 4727  
Fax: 0141 551 8467  

Peter Kearney  
Catholic Media Office  
5 St. Vincent Place  
G1 2DH  
0141 221 1168  

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