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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:33 pm on 22nd March 2005.

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Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling Shadow Minister (Education) 12:33 pm, 22nd March 2005

I accept your guidance, Mr. Speaker.

The Secretary of State's comments about level 3 qualifications will undoubtedly be greeted with a degree of surprise by the college sector. Is she aware that colleges are having to divert funding away from level 3 to basic skills, and that her own Government have introduced top-up fees for level 3 students? Is she aware that the Learning and Skills Council has said that such money will be clawed back? Will she match the Conservative party's commitment to adult learners doing level 3 qualifications, which is that their first full-time level 3 qualification will be fully funded?