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Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 1:46 pm on 6th March 2007.

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Photo of Malcolm Bruce Malcolm Bruce Chair, International Development Committee 1:46 pm, 6th March 2007

I accept that point, but does the Minister not acknowledge that, when local authorities have constrained budgets, the cost of providing those extra resources to a small number of children is disproportionately high? Too often, the service is not available locally and parents are forced to look elsewhere, and that can involve boarding, which is discouraging in itself. It is not good enough to leave the situation like that, so we need to get beyond those bald statements.