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Part of Opposition Day — [10th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 5:48 pm on 18th November 2015.

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Photo of Michelle Donelan Michelle Donelan Conservative, Chippenham 5:48 pm, 18th November 2015

I want to make two points in response to the motion. First, it is not quite as simple as just funding. Secondly, we need to have a plan to afford an increase in funding.

Wiltshire college recently invested £21 million in a new Chippenham campus, which will bring long-term local economic benefits. It is a fantastic space for students to learn in. It has an excellent reputation and I am sure it will go from strength to strength, but it needs more pupil funding. Sixth-form colleges in my constituency are also suffering, in particular Abbeyfield school, which I share with my hon. Friend Mr Gray. Like countless others, it suffers from the burden of private finance initiative funding of its sixth-form building.