School Funding Model

Petitions – in the House of Commons at 8:36 pm on 1st December 2015.

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Photo of Graham Stuart Graham Stuart Conservative, Beverley and Holderness 8:36 pm, 1st December 2015

Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for a verbosity that one does not usually associate with you. I am also grateful to colleagues who have filled in the time after this unexpected collapse of business.

I am grateful for the time we have been given to present petitions calling for fair school funding from more than 100 constituencies right across England and the House. The current funding system is arbitrary and unfair. It penalises urban and rural alike, affecting both Labour and Conservative constituencies. We welcome the announcement of the new national funding formula for schools that the Chancellor mentioned in the comprehensive spending review last week, and we will continue, across the House, to make the case for reform, as the Government consult on their proposals. I will read out the full text of the petition, but, as you have said, Madam Deputy Speaker, other Members need not do so.

In addition to presenting a petition on behalf of 2,287 people in Beverley and Holderness, I am also presenting petitions from the constituencies of Aylesbury, Bethnal Green and Bow, Buckingham, Central Devon, Chelsea and Fulham, East Devon, Forest of Dean, Grantham and Stamford, Haltemprice and Howden,

Kingston upon Hull North, Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle, Ipswich, Lewisham, Deptford, Loughborough, Meon Valley, New Forest West, Newton Abbot, Oxford East, Penrith and The Border, South Holland and The Deepings, North Swindon, South Swindon, Tatton, Thornbury and Yate, Wantage, West Suffolk, Wimbledon and York Central. In addition, I am presenting a petition on behalf of the shadow Home Secretary, Andy Burnham, who gave me his petition earlier. He was unable to be here, but would have liked to have been. I thank all those who have signed from across the country.

The petition states:

The petition of residents of Beverley and Holderness,

Declares that the petitioners believe the existing school funding model in England is arbitrary and unfair; further declares that the ten best funded areas of England have on average received grants of £6,300 per pupil this year, compared to an average of £4,200 per pupil in the ten most poorly funded areas of England; and further declares that the petitioners welcome the Government’s commitment to introduce fairer school funding.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons supports the earliest possible introduction of a new National Funding Formula for schools in England.

And the petitioners remain, etc.

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Photo of Caroline Spelman Caroline Spelman The Second Church Estates Commissioner

I rise to present a petition on behalf of 649 of my constituents in Meriden in the same terms as presented by my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness. Madam Deputy Speaker, may we express our thanks through you to the Clerk of Public Petitions in the Journal Office of the House of Commons?

The Petition of the residents of Meriden.

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Photo of Edward Garnier Edward Garnier Conservative, Harborough

I wish to present a petition on behalf of many hundreds of residents of my Harborough constituency in exactly the same terms as my right hon. Friend Mrs Spelman and my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness. Leicestershire has always been at the very bottom, if not penultimate, in the Whitehall funding system. We hope this petition will move the Government to improve things.

The Petition of the residents of Harborough.

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Photo of Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Conservative, The Cotswolds

I am grateful to you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for allowing me to present a petition of approximately 2,000 signatures on behalf of my constituents in The Cotswolds. That demonstrates the strength of feeling in my constituency that the current funding mechanism is inequitable. I hope the petition will change the situation.

The Petition of the residents of The Cotswolds.

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Photo of Helen Jones Helen Jones Chair, Petitions Committee

I rise to present a petition on behalf of many hundreds of people in Warrington North in the same terms as the hon. Member for Beverley and Holderness.

The Petition of the residents of Warrington North.

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Photo of Rebecca Pow Rebecca Pow Conservative, Taunton Deane

I rise to present a petition on behalf of the residents of Taunton Deane in the same terms as my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness, which 1,387 highly concerned residents have signed.

The Petition of the residents of Taunton Deane.

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Photo of John Howell John Howell Conservative, Henley

I present a petition on behalf of the residents of the Henley constituency, 592 of whom have signed it, in the same terms as my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness.

The Petition of the residents of Henley.

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Photo of Richard Drax Richard Drax Conservative, South Dorset

I rise to present a petition on behalf of constituents in South Dorset and also in West Dorset. I pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness for his huge effort to get fair funding for Dorset, which has been at the bottom of the pile for far too long.

The Petition of the residents of South Dorset.

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Photo of David Mowat David Mowat Conservative, Warrington South

I rise to present a petition on behalf of 2,916 constituents in Warrington South in the same terms as my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness.

The Petition of the residents of Warrington South.

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Photo of Eleanor Laing Eleanor Laing First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means

I call Mr Christopher Chope. [Interruption.] Now that is very unusual: Mr Christopher Chope is not present.

Photo of Andrew Bridgen Andrew Bridgen Chair, Regulatory Reform Committee

I rise to present a petition on behalf of my constituents in North West Leicestershire asking for fairer school funding. Leicestershire has for many years been the second-lowest funded of all areas in the UK, receiving some £500 per pupil less than pupils in Leicester and an amazing £1,000 per year per pupil less than pupils in Birmingham. The petition is signed by 664 of my constituents and is in the same terms as that presented by my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness.

The Petition of the residents of North West Leicestershire.

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Photo of James Heappey James Heappey Conservative, Wells

I rise to present a petition on behalf of the pupils, parents and teachers of schools from across the Wells constituency in the same terms as my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness.

The Petition of the residents of Wells.

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Photo of Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Chair, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

I rise to present a petition on behalf of very many of my Tewkesbury constituents to campaign against unfair education funding in the same terms as those expressed by my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness.

The Petition of the residents of Tewkesbury.

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Photo of Michael Tomlinson Michael Tomlinson Conservative, Mid Dorset and North Poole

I rise to present a petition on behalf of many residents of Mid Dorset and North Poole in the same terms as my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness. If necessary, I declare an interest as a school governor—and my delight in this result. [R]

The Petition of the residents of Mid Dorset and North Poole.

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Photo of David Warburton David Warburton Conservative, Somerton and Frome

I rise to present a petition on behalf of many hundreds of residents of Somerton and Frome in exactly the same terms as those expressed by my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness.

The Petition of the residents of Somerton and Frome.

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Photo of Karl McCartney Karl McCartney Conservative, Lincoln

I rise to present a petition on behalf a number of my constituents in Lincoln in the same terms as my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness. I declare an interest, in that I have been a school governor for many years. I am a board member and former chairman of the Priory city academy “Career Ready” scheme and I have two sons who attend school in the rural county of Lincolnshire.

The Petition of the residents of Lincoln.

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Photo of Jeremy Lefroy Jeremy Lefroy Conservative, Stafford

I rise to present a petition on behalf of the residents of the Stafford constituency in the same terms as my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness.

The Petition of the residents of Stafford.

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Photo of Pauline Latham Pauline Latham Conservative, Mid Derbyshire

I rise to present a petition on behalf of the residents of Mid Derbyshire in the same terms as my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness.

The Petition of the residents of Mid Derbyshire.

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Photo of Victoria Prentis Victoria Prentis Conservative, Banbury

I rise to present this petition on behalf of many of the residents of Banbury in the same terms as was set out by my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness.

The Petition of the residents of Banbury.

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Photo of Henry Smith Henry Smith Conservative, Crawley

I rise to present this petition on behalf of many of the residents—indeed, over 750 of them—in the same terms as my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness.

The Petition of the residents of Crawley.

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Photo of Daniel Kawczynski Daniel Kawczynski Conservative, Shrewsbury and Atcham

I rise to present this petition on behalf of many residents of Shrewsbury in the same terms as my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness.

The Petition of the residents of Shrewsbury and Atcham.

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Photo of Neil Carmichael Neil Carmichael Chair, Education Committee, Chair, Education, Skills and the Economy Sub-Committee

I rise to present this petition signed by some 2,000 of my Stroud constituents. This is a significant figure and shows the force of feeling in my patch. I do so in the same terms, of course, as my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness, who is also my predecessor as Chairman of the Education Committee.

The Petition of the residents of Stroud.

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Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster Conservative, Torbay

I rise to present my petition on behalf of the residents of Torbay, calling for fair funding for our schools, in the same terms as my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness.

The Petition of the residents of Torbay.

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Photo of Gavin Williamson Gavin Williamson Conservative, South Staffordshire

I rise on behalf of 1,705 of my constituents who are campaigning for a fairer deal for schools in Staffordshire. The petition is in the same terms as those of my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness.

The Petition of the residents of South Staffordshire.

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Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins Conservative, Louth and Horncastle

I rise to present this petition in the same terms as my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness on behalf of the many residents in Louth and Horncastle who feel strongly about fairer funding for schools.

The Petition of the residents of Louth and Horncastle.

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Photo of Stephen Phillips Stephen Phillips Conservative, Sleaford and North Hykeham

I rise to present this petition on behalf of a gross of residents of the Sleaford and North Hykeham constituency in the same terms as the petition presented by my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness.

The Petition of the residents of Sleaford and North Hykeham.

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Photo of Andrew Percy Andrew Percy Conservative, Brigg and Goole

I rise to present this petition on behalf of 713 Brigg and Goole constituents in the great counties of East Riding of Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire. In so doing, I declare a relevant interest as chairman of the governors at Goole academy. [R]

The Petition of the residents of Brigg and Goole.

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Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Conservative, Faversham and Mid Kent

I rise to present this petition on behalf of the residents of Faversham and Mid Kent, whose children are affected by the vagaries of the current funding system for schools. It is in the same terms as that presented by my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness.

The Petition of the residents of Faversham and Mid Kent.

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Photo of Fiona Bruce Fiona Bruce Chair, International Development Sub-Committee on the Work of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact

I rise to present this petition on behalf of the residents of the Congleton constituency, signed by over 620 of those residents, in the same terms as that presented by my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness.

The Petition of the residents of Congleton.

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Photo of Alex Chalk Alex Chalk Conservative, Cheltenham

I present this petition for fair school funding on behalf of 1,151 parents, teachers and school children in Cheltenham in the same terms as my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness. It is time for fair funding for Cheltenham.

The Petition of the residents of Cheltenham.

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Photo of James Cartlidge James Cartlidge Conservative, South Suffolk

I rise to present this petition on behalf of the residents of South Suffolk in the same terms as my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness. There are so many signatures that I cannot even count them.

The Petition of the residents of South Suffolk.

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Photo of William Wragg William Wragg Conservative, Hazel Grove

I rise to present this petition on behalf of the residents of the Hazel Grove constituency in the same terms as my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness. I declare a tenuous interest as a former teacher.

The Petition of the residents of Hazel Grove.

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Photo of Edward Leigh Edward Leigh Conservative, Gainsborough

It is a great honour on this historic occasion to present this petition on behalf of the great county of Lincolnshire. It has some of the best schools in the country, but they are sadly underfunded. I present the petition in the same terms as my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness.

The Petition of the residents of Gainsborough.

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Photo of Antoinette Sandbach Antoinette Sandbach Conservative, Eddisbury

I rise to present this petition on behalf of hundreds of concerned residents from Eddisbury in the same terms as that presented by my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness.

The Petition of the residents of Eddisbury.

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Photo of Julian Knight Julian Knight Conservative, Solihull

I rise to present this petition on behalf of many hundreds of residents in Solihull in the same terms as my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness.

The Petition of the residents of Solihull.

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Photo of Peter Heaton-Jones Peter Heaton-Jones Conservative, North Devon

I rise to present this petition on behalf of many residents of North Devon. In doing so, I applaud this Government for pledging to put right this historic wrong. This petition is in the same terms as that of my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness.

The Petition of the residents of North Devon.

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Photo of Matt Warman Matt Warman Conservative, Boston and Skegness

I rise to present this petition on behalf of the residents of Boston and Skegness, completing the county of Lincolnshire—meaning that all Lincolnshire MPs have submitted this petition in the same terms as my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness.

The Petition of the residents of Boston and Skegness.

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Photo of Marcus Fysh Marcus Fysh Conservative, Yeovil

I rise to present a petition on behalf of 584 residents who are passionate about fair school funding in the Yeovil constituency, written in the same terms as that of my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness.

The Petition of the residents of Yeovil.

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Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter Conservative, Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

I rise to present a petition for fairer school funding on behalf of my constituents, which is written in the same terms as that of my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness.

The Petition of the residents of Central Suffolk and North Ipswich.

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Photo of Michelle Donelan Michelle Donelan Conservative, Chippenham

I rise to present a petition on behalf of the many residents of my constituency, which is written in the same terms as that of my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness, to rectify the present ludicrous funding system.

The Petition of the residents of Chippenham.

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Photo of Mark Garnier Mark Garnier Conservative, Wyre Forest

I rise to present a petition on behalf of 535 residents of Wyre Forest. It also includes 20 signatures from the Christopher Whitehead Language academy in the constituency of my good and hon. Friend Mr Walker, and is written in the same terms as that of my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness.

The Petition of the residents of Wyre Forest.

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Photo of Cheryl Gillan Cheryl Gillan Conservative, Chesham and Amersham

I rise to present a petition on behalf of the residents of Chesham and Amersham against the existing school funding model in England. Of the 10 lowest-funded schools in the country, the seven lowest-funded are in Buckinghamshire, and the lowest-funded in the country is also in the county. The petition is in in the same vein as that of my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness.

The Petition of the residents of Chesham and Amersham.

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Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer Conservative, South East Cambridgeshire

I rise to present a petition on behalf of the residents of South East Cambridgeshire, which is written in terms similar to those of the petition presented by my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness.

The Petition of the residents of South East Cambridgeshire.

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Photo of Rishi Sunak Rishi Sunak Conservative, Richmond (Yorks)

I rise to present a petition on behalf of the residents of Richmond, North Yorkshire, which is written in the same terms as that presented by my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness.

The Petition of the residents of Richmond (Yorks).

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Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Conservative, Macclesfield

I rise to present a petition on behalf of the residents of Macclesfield, which is written in the same terms as that of my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness. I have a similar local petition, which has many signatures of constituents.

The Petition of the residents of Macclesfield.

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Photo of John Redwood John Redwood Conservative, Wokingham

I rise to present a petition on behalf of the electors of Wokingham, and, in particular, the signatories who constitute a majority of the members of our unitary council and local education authority, requesting fairer funding for our schools, which need it greatly. The basis of the petition is similar to those of the petitions that we have already heard.

The Petition of the residents of Wokingham.

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Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill Conservative, Bury St Edmunds

I rise to present a petition on behalf of the residents of Bury St Edmunds, which is written in the same terms as that of my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness.

The Petition of the residents of Bury St Edmunds.

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Photo of Richard Graham Richard Graham Conservative, Gloucester

The petition that I rise to present has been signed by 1,335 residents of the city of Gloucester, and is, I trust, supported by all who yearn for fairer funding for schools in the city. It is written in the same terms as that of my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness.

The Petition of the residents of Gloucester.

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Photo of Bill Wiggin Bill Wiggin Chair, Committee of Selection

I rise to present a petition on behalf of the residents of North Herefordshire, which is written in the same terms as that of my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness.

The Petition of the residents of North Herefordshire.

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Photo of Julian Sturdy Julian Sturdy Conservative, York Outer

I rise, as a fellow Yorkshire Member, to present a petition on behalf of many York Outer residents, which is written in the same terms as that of my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness, to deliver fairer school funding for all.

The Petition of the residents of York Outer.

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Photo of Christopher Chope Christopher Chope Conservative, Christchurch

I apologise for having missed my place in the queue, Madam Deputy Speaker, but it gives me great pleasure to present a petition on behalf of residents of Christchurch. It is written in terms identical to those of the petition presented by my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness. I know that my constituents are confident, as I am, that the Government will honour their commitment to introducing fairer school funding.

The Petition of the residents of Christchurch.

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Photo of Eleanor Laing Eleanor Laing First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means

I have been given no notice that any further petitions are about to be presented.

Photo of Kevin Hollinrake Kevin Hollinrake Conservative, Thirsk and Malton

Madam Deputy Speaker, I rise to present a petition on behalf of several hundred residents of the beautiful constituency of Thirsk and Malton, which is written in the same terms as that of my hon. Friend the Member for Beverley and Holderness.

The Petition of the residents of Thirsk and Malton.

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Photo of Steve Pound Steve Pound Shadow Minister (Northern Ireland)

On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. I know my hon. Friend Daniel Zeichner was seeking to be present this evening for obvious reasons. Has the Deputy Speaker received any information regarding difficulties in accessing the estate due to the activities taking place outside?

Photo of Eleanor Laing Eleanor Laing First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means

I have received information that there are a great many people outside and that it is possible that some people leaving this building—I have been particularly concerned about junior and female members of staff trying to get out of this building this evening—are having difficulty in doing so. I have heard that it could also be difficult to gain access to this building, which is a very great pity. I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for raising that point of order because when assiduous Members of Parliament are not in their places when they are expected to be, there is usually a very good reason for it.

Photo of Richard Graham Richard Graham Conservative, Gloucester

On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. May I ask if during your time in this House there has ever been more mention of Graham Stuart and in more glorious a context?

Photo of Eleanor Laing Eleanor Laing First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means

I am very happy to tell the hon. Gentleman that I have never heard quite so much mention of the hon. Member for Beverley and Holderness, and I am sure he has done a sterling piece of work—and it is just as well that the injury to his leg healed so he could run here from far away.