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Clause 2

Part of Education and Skills Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:00 pm on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Shadow Minister (Education) (Schools) 5:00 pm, 5th February 2008

Not entirely. In response to amendment No. 6, the Minister went through a range of support mechanisms. He talked about the Sure Start centre in every community, child tax credits, child care credits and Care to Learn. All of those are already in place and were in place when the Government’s Green PaperRaising Expectations” was published. It says that

“we will consider what else needs to be done to ensure that teenage parents have real opportunities to participate.”

In paragraph 5.45, it states that the Government will consider what guidance they should set for local authorities not about new provision, but about the circumstances in which more flexibility should apply. It is for that reason that I am disappointed by the response. He merely reiterates the services that are already in place.