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School Uniform Costs — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 2:30 pm on 5th November 2019.

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Photo of Emma Hardy Emma Hardy Labour, Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle 2:30 pm, 5th November 2019

I completely agree. I will go on to talk about uniform exchanges and the impact on the environment. The House of Commons did some social media outreach in advance of this debate. Someone from Birmingham said: “My niece is from a disadvantaged school background and had to completely replace her school uniform within six months of starting a new secondary school.” Someone else wrote: “My dad needs to buy me a PE kit, which is around £80 for everything I need. I can’t do PE, and get detention every time I go to PE. I feel embarrassed going to PE knowing everyone will make fun of me not being able to afford the extreme costs.” There are many other examples.