School Funding

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 29th March 2007.

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Photo of John Healey John Healey The Financial Secretary to the Treasury 10:30 am, 29th March 2007

The figures are very clear in the Budget. There will be a 20 per cent. rise in per pupil funding across the country, and Staffordshire, like the rest of the country, will share in that. The education settlement was part of confirming a total increase in public spending plans to £674 billion by 2010. The hon. Gentleman's party cannot and will not match that, because of the third fiscal rule. They will have to cut spending. The question for the shadow Chancellor is—