Transitional Arrangements for Existing Assisted Pupils

Part of Orders of the Day — Education (Schools) Bill – in the House of Commons at 3:45 pm on 10th June 1997.

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Photo of James Clappison James Clappison Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs) 3:45 pm, 10th June 1997

I listened with interest to the comments by the hon. Member for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney (Mr. Rowlands), who spoke with some passion about a school in his constituency whose name I will not begin to attempt to pronounce. I appreciate that he and, no doubt, his constituents feel passionately about their schools, but I must say that I found his logic somewhat surprising.

He seemed to be saying that the only way in which the Government, with their massive majority, could honour their commitments and pledges to the hon. Gentleman's constituents was by breaking promises that they had made to others. I find that a hard line of argument to follow from this all-powerful Government, with their massive majority and their ability to do as they wish within the purview of policy in education.