Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 14th January 2009.

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Photo of Gordon Brown Gordon Brown The Prime Minister, Leader of the Labour Party 11:30 am, 14th January 2009

I would have thought that there would be all-party support for the "New Opportunities" White Paper. It is, after all, about helping children and particularly infants get the best possible chance in life by extending play groups, Sure Start and nursery education. It is about giving people the best teachers at their schools and giving people the chance to get the benefit of the best education that is possible. It is about giving more people the chance to go to university and college or into apprenticeships—and there were precise announcements yesterday about what can happen. It is also about giving people a second chance if they missed out at the beginning. I am sorry that the Conservative party could not support the "New Opportunities" White Paper. Again, it would cut spending in the very areas that we need to expand for the sake of both the society we live in and the country's economy.

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Ian Simcox
Posted on 16 Jan 2009 9:34 am (Report this annotation)

Why would he think that he would automatically get all party support? Just because it is increasing spending on children it doesn't instantly make it a good idea. Once again, the PM sticks another purchase on the nation's maxed out credit card.