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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:34 am on 3rd December 2020.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Labour, Denton and Reddish 10:34 am, 3rd December 2020

I welcome this announcement, but let us talk about regional disparities, because I share the concerns of my hon. Friend Matt Western. More than 12% of children in Greater Manchester were impacted by covid-19, meaning that they could not attend school. That compares with 5% nationally. Information technology poverty affects up to 18% of the student population, and the learning conditions at home affect many more. How will this announcement help mitigate the impact on those pupils? How do we make it fair for them?