Increase in primary school funding for Eltham revealed

A poorly worded question by Eltham’s Labour MP Clive Efford has revealed that the Coalition Government is spending £40m on providing new primary school places locally - £7m more than spent by the previous government.

 

In answer to a question about whether he agreed with himself, ConservativeSecretary of State for Education Michael Gove stated:

 

I can also confirm that there is good news for the hon. Gentleman’s constituents. Under the last Labour Government, only £33 million was spent on providing new primary school places in his constituency. Under this coalition Government, £40 million is being spent.”

 

Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Eltham and Leader of Greenwich Conservative Councillors Spencer Drury commented “This investment in schools is excellent news and reveals that Labour’s attack on the Coalition over public services is completely false.”

 

To reinforce his claims about the Coalition’s record on public services, Spencer pointed to:-

 

·        Paying off the debt accumulated by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital as a result of Labour’s failed Private Finance Initiative scheme.

·        Building a new Community Hospital in the centre of Eltham.

·        The Government paying off £123m of housing debt accumulated by the Council.

·        The fact that the Labour Council had been forced to admit that more than 6,000 properties suffered with damp.  Conservatives believe that this is due to poor maintenance.

·        Rising results for Greenwich students across a range of schools, including a new Free School.

·        Rising police numbers, with around 50 Officers added to the force over the last six months.

 

The question reads:

 

Clive Efford (Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport); Eltham, Labour)

 

The Secretary of State has confirmed that the evidence that was given to the Education Committee by the Minister for Schools was accurate. Would the Minister for Schools, had he bothered to attend today, agree with that statement and confirm that he still holds the same position?

 

Michael Gove (The Secretary of State for Education; Surrey Heath, Conservative)

 

The hon. Gentleman is asking whether the Minister for Schools agrees with the Minister for Schools. I can confirm that he does. I can also confirm that there is good news for the hon. Gentleman’s constituents. Under the last Labour Government, only £33 million was spent on providing new primary school places in his constituency. Under this coalition Government, £40 million is being spent. I am sure that he will welcome that additional investment, which has been secured by this coalition Government.

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