City Technololgy Colleges

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th January 1992.

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Photo of Kenneth Clarke Kenneth Clarke Secretary of State for Education and Science 12:00 am, 28th January 1992

The Mickey Mouse figures on CTC expenditure that critics in Bradford tend to use compare capital expenditure on schools starting from scratch with that for existing schools that do not have to be built. The funding of CTCs is on a par with that of other local education authority schools, and their recurrent funding will not be different from that of other schools in their areas. CTCs offer education opportunities to children of all abilities—particularly those drawn from the most deprived parts of the cities that they serve. It is unbelievably churlish if, for ideological reasons, the hon. Gentleman remains hostile to the best innovation in Bradford for years, while defending a local authority that had the worst results in the country in the recent tests for seven-year-olds.