Department for Education

Part of Estimates Day – in the House of Commons at 2:53 pm on 3rd July 2018.

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Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Chair, Education Committee 2:53 pm, 3rd July 2018

As I said, I am not against grammar schools, but the problem is whether they are providing opportunities for the most disadvantaged pupils. Only 3% of pupils in grammar schools get free school meals, and I would rather the Government increase that proportion of pupils before giving grammar schools extra funding. That extra £200 million of funding will benefit only a few thousand pupils, but I have shown how it could benefit a lot more. I have huge respect for my right hon. Friend. He often campaigns for more funding in his constituency, but it is because such funding has been spent in this way that schools in his area and others do not get as much money as they need.