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Education (Guidance about Costs of School Uniforms) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:09 am on 13th March 2020.

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Photo of Andrew Lewer Andrew Lewer Conservative, Northampton South 10:09 am, 13th March 2020

The hon. Gentleman provides a good illustration of how personal experience informs rather than inflames the debate. His point also illustrates the importance of local areas and schools having a measure of control and responsibility. That is not always delivered by an attitude of, “The man in Whitehall knows best.” There is space for guidance—that is the purpose of our discussion today—but guidance and over-prescription in a country the size of ours, with the number of schools we have, would be unwelcome.