16-to-19 Education Funding — [David Hanson in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 3:46 pm on 7th September 2017.

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Photo of Mike Hill Mike Hill Labour, Hartlepool 3:46 pm, 7th September 2017

As my hon. Friend knows, Hartlepool has excellent sixth-form and FE college provision. Hartlepool College of Further Education, which also provides an education for his constituents in Easington and east Durham, offers a diverse range of apprenticeships providing bespoke skills for the future jobs market, and is the second highest performing college in England. Yet it is struggling with debt due to underfunding; several mergers have failed due to the lack of adequate funding. Does my hon. Friend agree with my question—what guarantee can my constituents be given that proper financial resources will be put into the future education of young people in our area?