Equal Opportunities in Britain

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:45 pm on 7th June 2000.

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Photo of Beverley Hughes Beverley Hughes Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Transport and the Regions) 6:45 pm, 7th June 2000

It seems not to have taught the right hon. Gentleman very much. He said that he got his scholarship competing on a fair and equal basis with other candidates. I am saying that fair and equal competition is not sufficient. It might be necessary, but if we are to help kids from disadvantaged backgrounds, it is not a sufficient condition to enable them to make the progress that clearly the right hon. Gentleman was able to make.