MP calls for Government statement on secondary school funding

Charles Walker calls for a Government Minister to explain to MPs why, within a month of receiving their sixth-form funding settlement, Herts schools received a second letter cutting it by an average of £40,000 per school.

Mr. Charles Walker (Broxbourne) (Con): On 3 March, secondary schools in Hertfordshire were notified by the Learning and Skills Council of their sixth-form funding settlements. On 30 March, they received another letter saying that their funding settlement was to be cut by £2.1 million, or on average £40,000 per school. May we have a statement about that from a Minister so that we can understand what is going on?

Ms Harman: I would have been able to give the hon. Gentleman a more substantive answer if he had let me know, even five minutes beforehand, that he was going to raise that question. I would then have been able to give him the information he requires. I am not fully across all the detail, so I cannot confirm whether that is our understanding of the situation. I shall bring the matter to the attention of my colleagues in the Department concerned.

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