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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 10th February 2014.

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Photo of Mike Thornton Mike Thornton Liberal Democrat, Eastleigh 2:30 pm, 10th February 2014

The 17.5% cuts in spending for 18-plus learning announced last year by the Education Funding Agency, the changes in the 16-to-19 funding formula and the unfair treatment of sixth-form colleges compared with schools regarding VAT have put sixth-form colleges under serious strain, with cuts to courses and staff. Will the Minister, or even the Secretary of State, meet me and the principal of the excellent Barton Peveril college in Eastleigh to discuss the impact of these cuts?