Clause 16

Part of Further Education and Training Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:45 pm on 12th June 2007.

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Photo of Austin Mitchell Austin Mitchell Labour, Great Grimsby 12:45 pm, 12th June 2007

All this talk about a halcyon age under the Tories is bringing tears to my eyes. Does the hon. Gentleman agree, as an avid reader of Private Eye’s higher education supplements, that that halcyon age of freedom also led to problems? Companies were established and failed; relationships were established with Singapore, Malaysia and elsewhere—there was scandalous extortion; and there were various financial problems accruing from the power given to principals to run colleges’ financial affairs in theirown way.