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Department for Education

Part of Supplementary Estimate 2018-19 – in the House of Commons at 3:07 pm on 26th February 2019.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Party Chair, Co-operative Party 3:07 pm, 26th February 2019

I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for giving way, and I commend his Committee’s decision to launch the inquiry that he just referenced. Can he ensure that the inquiry takes a brief but particular look at the plight facing Catholic sixth-form colleges? Many do not see themselves as having sufficient funding in the long run, as is the case for many other further education colleges, but they do not have the option of converting to an academy—a route that there are incentives to take—because of their religious character. There is not yet a solution other than to increase funding for all. Will he particularly reference the plight of those 17 English Catholic sixth-form colleges?