Children, Schools and Families Bill

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 7:03 pm on 11th January 2010.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Chair, Children, Schools and Families Committee 7:03 pm, 11th January 2010

The hon. Gentleman has had a very distinguished career, and we are great friends outside the House. However, it is very easy to run a successful educational programme in the independent sector if one excludes all the poor children and all the children with special educational needs, and if it does not represent the communities in which most of us live. That is the difficulty, and sometimes people in the independent sector ought to have more humility in respect of what they claim for their schools.

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