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School Funding

Treasury – in the House of Commons on 24th March 2020.

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Photo of Stuart Anderson Stuart Anderson Conservative, Wolverhampton South West

What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on school funding.

Photo of Steve Barclay Steve Barclay The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

I regularly discuss school funding with the Secretary of State for Education. At the spending round, the Government committed to a £7.1 billion cash increase in the funding for schools in England by 2022-23.

Photo of Stuart Anderson Stuart Anderson Conservative, Wolverhampton South West

I understand that there are immediate pressing issues for the Department, but after this will my right hon. Friend arrange to meet me and the Education Secretary to discuss the funding of a secondary school in Wolverhampton?

Photo of Steve Barclay Steve Barclay The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

I would be very happy to give that commitment to my hon. Friend. He will be aware of the significant allocation to capital funding that was set out by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor in the Budget, and obviously part of the discussion at the comprehensive spending round will be the allocation of that budget.

Photo of Chris Matheson Chris Matheson Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

When the Minister is meeting the Secretary of State for Education, will he also talk about funding for the early years and nurseries sector? The 30 hours of free childcare is not working, and many of these nurseries were facing unviability before the current crisis.

Photo of Steve Barclay Steve Barclay The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

The hon. Gentleman raises an important point, because across the House people recognise the importance of early years and early intervention, but he will be aware of the wider package of funding showing the Government’s commitment to education, not just in primary schools and secondary schools but through the measures on further education set out by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor in the Budget.