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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 24th March 2014.

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Photo of Tristram Hunt Tristram Hunt Shadow Secretary of State for Education 2:30 pm, 24th March 2014

That is exactly the problem with this Government—no cross-departmental thinking about having health visitors focus on early-years development. [Laughter.] The Tories might laugh at the impact that health visitors have on early-years education, but the Opposition think that the early years are vital. As Mr Wilson suggested, research published by the Sutton Trust on Friday reiterated the impact that good parenting has on school readiness, educational attainment and progression into continued education and work. Will the Government’s commitment to 4,200 new health visitors be matched this Parliament, or is it another broken promise, like Sure Start centres?