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Comprehensive Spending Review

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions he has had with (a) the Treasury and (b) the Cabinet Office regarding the pre-comprehensive spending review report; and if he will make a statement. (82838)

I have had and will continue to have wide-ranging and regular discussions with the Chief Secretary to the Treasury about preparations for the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review, as a matter of key importance to my Department's medium and long-term planning.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the Answer of 3 July 2006, Official Report, column 666W, on the Comprehensive Spending Review, what the key challenges and issues for his Department are for the Comprehensive Spending Review 2007. (84108)

[holding answer 10 July 2006]: As my Department prepares for the Comprehensive Spending Review 2007, I will be seeking to continue our drive to improve outcomes for all children, and in particular the most disadvantaged; enhance the protection of vulnerable children (including those with special educational needs); improve school standards; and to improve the quality and choice of courses available to young people between the ages of 14 and 19. It will also be crucial that our Further and Higher Education systems are able to deliver the world class skills and culture of learning that will increase the nation's international competitiveness.