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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:19 pm on 21st January 2021.

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Photo of Cat Smith Cat Smith Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Engagement 1:19 pm, 21st January 2021

I welcome the move towards local planning, and I draw the Secretary of State’s attention to what is happening at Lancaster and Morecambe College, whose principal, Wes Johnson, is also a director of the local chamber of commerce. Every time I visit that fantastic local college, I am told that uncertainty caused by short-term funding methodologies can create uncertainty in planning strategies for meeting the longer-term need of the community. When can the further education sector expect a long-term funding settlement?