Skills and Further Education

Part of Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 3:42 pm on 3rd February 2009.

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Photo of David Taylor David Taylor Labour, North West Leicestershire 3:42 pm, 3rd February 2009

I spent many years working in further education, and I recall that, in the period leading up to 1997, FE was left to go to rack and ruin; indeed, there was no capital spend towards the end of that period. One day when he has a spare moment or two, will the hon. Gentleman come with me to the A511 just a little north of Coalville town centre to have a look at the magnificent Stephenson college, named after George Stephenson, that has been built there, and which is having a huge impact on FE in Leicestershire? We will then see whether he can still read with a straight face the following phrases in the Conservative motion:

"current policies are hindering training opportunities...freezing the further education capital spending programme".

What hypocrisy! If I were allowed to say that, that is the word I would use.

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daniel pavon
Posted on 7 Feb 2009 6:40 pm

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