National Citizen Service Bill [Lords]

Part of Bill Presented – in the House of Commons at 4:02 pm on 16th January 2017.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Conservative, East Worthing and Shoreham 4:02 pm, 16th January 2017

It is slightly disappointing to hear the hon. Gentleman making quite a lot of negative comments about a scheme that I thought his party had come to support, after several years of trying on behalf of many of us. Does he not acknowledge that the number of young people going on this programme who qualify for free school meals has been put at 17%, which is more than double the proportion in society as a whole? In that respect, this programme is actually doing rather well.