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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:13 pm on 21st March 2019.

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Photo of Huw Merriman Huw Merriman Conservative, Bexhill and Battle 1:13 pm, 21st March 2019

The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. Time and again we see that young people have to fail before they can be given the support they need. There are many examples of young people clearly failing when they go to a pre-school, but then they still have to move on to a mainstream school, where they will fail, before they can be given support. It should be blindingly obvious, and councils should look at those plans before children have to start primary school. Often councils say that they are not required to do that, but perhaps they do not know what their obligations really are.