Former MP, Westmorland and Lonsdale
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Do not the Secretary of State's warm words about adult education, though welcome, fail to conceal the reality that charges are going up and courses are being axed in FE colleges throughout the land? Earlier this week, my hon. Friend the Member for Grantham and Stamford (Mr. Davies) pointed out that his local FE college has seen a 29 per cent. increase in the number of adult learners, but...
Why did the Chancellor say in his Budget last week that the continuation of direct payment to schools in Coventry and elsewhere would be a guarantee, when the small print in the Red Book said that the figures were illustrative only? If direct payments to schools are such a good idea, why does not the Secretary of State follow the Conservative policy of making all such payments direct to...
This is a genuinely important subject and we are pleased that the Government decided to produce a White Paper. In January, the director general of the Institute of Directors said that the Government were failing to remedy the UK's shortage of skilled workers. He pointed out that some 25,000 16-year-olds were leaving school each year with no GCSEs, and that last year the skills shortage left...
Former Conservative MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale
Entered the House of Commons on 1 May 1997 — General election
Left the House of Commons on 11 April 2005 — General election (stood again)
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Last updated: 11 Apr 2005.
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