Arthur Labinjo-Hughes

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:32 pm on 6th December 2021.

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Photo of Diane Abbott Diane Abbott Labour, Hackney North and Stoke Newington 4:32 pm, 6th December 2021

I believe so, Madam Deputy Speaker.

In response to my question about resources, the Secretary of State for Education implied, certainly, that he would be willing to support any recommendations on finance made by the MacAlister review. However, the Secretary of State would have known perfectly well that his Department has signed a contract with MacAlister which says that he cannot “assume” any additional Government funding, that any recommendations about funding must be matched by savings elsewhere in Government over a period, and that any recommendations must be “affordable” to Government. How can the Secretary of State assure the House that he is willing to support recommendations of extra money when the contract that his Department has signed would seem to imply that any such recommendations would not be acceptable?