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Industry and Education

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 9:37 pm on 21st November 1994.

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Photo of David Blunkett David Blunkett Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee 9:37 pm, 21st November 1994

I have been confirmed tonight in my suspicion that the Secretary of State was put in place to bury education rather than to praise it. Perhaps the right hon. Lady will tell me what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Employment, who made it clear in August, shortly after his predecessor and the right hon. Lady's predecessor launched a White Paper, that his ambition as Chief Secretary and his programme as Secretary of State for Employment was to cut the training budget rather than to expand it.