Skip to main content

Point Of Order

Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

The text on this page has been created from Hansard archive content, it may contain typographical errors.

5.18 pm

You will be aware, Mr. Deputy Speaker, that there is a crisis in funding for education in Leicestershire. That is not a party-political point: it is agreed by all the representatives in the county. As a result of the crisis, I wrote to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills asking him to see a cross-party delegation to hear the representations of the people whom we represent. This morning, I received a letter from the Minister for School Standards saying that both he and the Secretary of State were far too busy. That is unprecedented in my experience. May I ask you whether it is unprecedented in your experience and whether the Secretary of State has an obligation to see representatives of the people of Leicestershire, on a cross-party, non-political basis, to hear what they have to say about the rotten funding for their education?

I share the sense of disappointment felt by the hon. Gentleman. I understand that hon. Members always wish to gain access to Ministers, but I am afraid that that is one of many matters that are not in the domain of the Chair. The hon. Gentleman will have to pursue the matter in other ways.