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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:33 am on 14th January 2016.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Health) 10:33 am, 14th January 2016

Every piece of evidence shows that scrapping student grants will deter students from poorer backgrounds. Regardless of the merits of the proposal, is this not also about democracy? The proposal, which did not appear in the Conservative manifesto, will affect more than 500,000 people, and it is going to be decided in a back room by a small number of people. Is that not a shoddy way to do business? Is it not about time that the Government showed the courage of their convictions and allowed a full debate and a full vote on the proposal on the Floor of this House?