Clause 29

Part of Further Education and Training Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:15 pm on 14th June 2007.

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Photo of Roberta Blackman-Woods Roberta Blackman-Woods PPS (Rt Hon Hilary Armstrong, Minister of State (Cabinet)), Cabinet Office 2:15 pm, 14th June 2007

I do not agree with the hon. Gentleman that activities would be limited. In fact, I believe the opposite. The whole point is to spread to  schools that might not already provide them a range of opportunities for young people to undertake community work or some other activity that would benefit their local community. That seems to be a sensible and laudable thing to do. To answer his second point, I hope that the cost would not be prohibitive. Some schools—in fact, a great many of them—already make some form of provision, but it would help if they could focus their efforts to ensure that the opportunities are available to all young people.