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Post-16 Education and Training Bill

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 2:28 pm on 18th May 2007.

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Photo of Parmjit Dhanda Parmjit Dhanda Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Education and Skills 2:28 pm, 18th May 2007

My hon. Friend Mr. Sheerman has put across the real qualities of his Bill very well in those four minutes. He will be aware, however, that the Government have a number of measures in train at the moment, not least the recent Green Paper "Raising Expectations: staying in education and training post-16". I know that he welcomes the measures in that Green Paper.

My hon. Friend also mentioned his focus on children with special educational needs. He and I have had many a debate, here in the Chamber and in Westminster Hall, on that issue, and I respect the work that he and his Committee have done on it. I am sure that we will continue to have a good, full dialogue on the matter.

I also pay tribute to my hon. Friend's work on a range of issues in relation to the measures in the Bill. Although we are pleased to hear him raise the issues, he will not be surprised, given that so much work in the Department—

It being half-past Two o'clock, the debate stood adjourned.

Debate to be resumed on Friday 29 June.