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Schools: Uniforms

Volume 485: debated on Monday 15 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions he has had with HM Treasury Ministers on the application of VAT to school uniforms in the light of the extension to 18 of participation in education, employment and training; and if he will make a statement. (243001)

VAT issues remain a matter for HM Treasury. My Department has no plans to discuss VAT on school uniforms with the Treasury.

Current guidance on school uniform states that governing bodies should give high priority to cost when setting a school uniform policy, and states that no school uniform should be so expensive as to leave pupils or their families feeling socially excluded.