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Part of Education – in the House of Commons at 2:33 pm on 23rd May 2022.

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Photo of Will Quince Will Quince The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education 2:33 pm, 23rd May 2022

I thank the hon. Lady for her question; we have spoken about the matter privately. As she knows, local authorities have a statutory duty to ensure sufficient provision in their area to meet the needs of children in their care. The example that she presents should not have happened. The Government are supporting local authorities by providing £259 million of additional funding to expand their residential provision of both secure and open children’s homes. That will provide more safe homes for vulnerable children.