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Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:50 pm on 5th February 2003.

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Photo of Lord Bassam of Brighton Lord Bassam of Brighton Government Whip, Government Whip 2:50 pm, 5th February 2003

My Lords, I made plain earlier the Government's commitment to ensuring that education facilities are in place. I acknowledge that the education service has an important part to play, and the Government have ensured that more resources are committed towards that. It is perhaps worth reminding your Lordships that in 2002–03 core funding of £65.7 million will be provided, an increase of nearly £10 million on the previous year. By 2003–04, core funding for education will increase to £85 million. The Government have attempted every year to increase funding for education—we are now guaranteeing an increase—because we recognise its value in rehabilitation work.