Multi-academy Trusts - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:14 pm on 10th July 2019.

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Photo of Lord Blunkett Lord Blunkett Labour 3:14 pm, 10th July 2019

My Lords, I am sure that the Minister will agree that mistakes have been made in allocating knighthoods by Governments of all persuasions. But would he not acknowledge that the greater transparency and probity in academies and schools today builds confidence and trust in the system as a whole, and that when he and I gave evidence to a House of Commons Select Committee a year or two ago we both agreed that there was insufficient capacity in the system to oversee the present structure? Will he not go back to the Secretary of State—while he is there—to insist that another look is taken at how we hold to account our academies and schools?