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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 23rd January 1997.

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Photo of Gordon Prentice Gordon Prentice , Pendle 3:31 pm, 23rd January 1997

May we have an early debate on the crisis in further education? Is the Leader of the House aware that, in my constituency, Nelson and Colne college decided yesterday to make redundant no fewer than 37 teachers and lecturers? Is he further aware that, since incorporation in 1992, one post in every five in further education has been lost? The Governments's own chief inspector said in the annual report last year that the drift towards part-time work in colleges was seriously damaging standards. If we cannot have an early debate on that, what on earth can we have a debate on?