New Clause 7

Part of Further Education and Training Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 1:00 pm on 14th June 2007.

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Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Minister of State (Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education), Department for Education and Skills 1:00 pm, 14th June 2007

I certainly acknowledge that the LSC has done and will do everything in its power to reduce its administration costs. That is why the proportion of spend on administration and bureaucracy has reduced from 4.6 to 1.9 per cent. of total spend. I take it from  that intervention that the hon. Gentleman now acknowledges that £1.8 billion is not spent on administration and bureaucracy. The figure is £280 million, and it does not serve anyone’s interests to fabricate figures in that manner and present a completely erroneous picture.

Returning, if I may, to the substance of the Opposition’s new clause