Further Education

Part of Opposition Day — [10th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 6:08 pm on 18th November 2015.

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Photo of Anne Main Anne Main Conservative, St Albans 6:08 pm, 18th November 2015

It is interesting to follow Mr Lammy, who says we should bring back night school. I would like to know where he would get the funding for it. It has been gone for a long time in a lot of areas.

Mr Deputy Speaker, you missed being lectured for 15 minutes by the Scottish National party spokesperson in a debate that its Members did not even bother to sit around to participate in afterwards. That is a real shame, given that we have an Opposition day debate today. I feel sorry that we were lectured like that when they could not be bothered to stay to listen to the meat of the debate.

I want to focus on apprenticeships, because the motion says that this Government are risking the country’s prosperity, yet it leaves out apprenticeships. The right hon. Gentleman did refer to them, but I was disappointed to hear him say that they are not worth the paper they are written on. I have been working with my local college, Oaklands college, which has apprenticeship week in March; I met many providers who were encouraged to make sure that apprenticeships are worth while. That is why I wanted to speak in this debate. I cringed when I heard Catherine West sneer—I can use no other word—about an apprenticeship; she seemed to be saying that using the till in a bakery was not worth while.