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Clause 2

Part of Education and Skills Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:00 pm on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners) 4:00 pm, 5th February 2008

I am trying to recall that particular statistic, and if it comes to the forefront of my mind, of course I will impart it to the Committee. In the meantime, for the reasons I have stated, the DCSF assumptions, are by far the most plausible. In my view, the chance of all the worst-case assumptions produced by Alison Wolf being correct is vanishingly small. In any case, the consequence of some of her assumptions being correct is that the overall estimate of the benefit would rise by far more than the overall estimate of the costs. If I need to give any further information in reply to the question from the hon. Member for South Holland and The Deepings, I will seek to do so, because I am sure that we will return to the effects on the youth labour market, when we discuss chapter 3 and the duties on employers, even if we have that debate in a disciplined and brief way, following the extensive debate that we have had today. I would therefore argue that it is not in the interests of individuals or the economy for young people to go into dead-end jobs without training at 16, and I therefore ask the hon. Member for Yeovil to withdraw his amendment.