SELF-IMPROVEMENT – 25 July 2000

Dr Julian Lewis: The point that the hon. Member for Harrogate and Knaresborough (Phil Willis) was urging on my hon. Friend amounts to nothing more than this: if someone comes from an unsatisfactory background, the last thing one should do is tell that person that that background is unsatisfactory because it will damage his or her feelings of self-worth. Surely it is only honest to show people what advantage they can have if, in future, for themselves, they improve on the background from which they suffered in their youth.