CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

EDUCATION – FUNDING & GM SCHOOLS – 30 June 1999

Dr Julian Lewis: I thank the Minister [Estelle Morris] for giving way so that I can get in a completed comment. Is not the problem that the Government have said that they will level up and extend the funding advantages from grant-maintained schools to the rest, even though the effect of those changes is that over half the central funding, which was being distributed by the GM schools, is now being retained – by the county council in our case? That means that the funding environment for the GM schools is less favourable and, thus, the Government's promise has not been fulfilled.