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Ministerial Corrections

Volume 659: debated on Wednesday 1 May 2019

Ministerial Correction

Wednesday 1 May 2019

Education

School Funding

The following is an extract from the Back-Bench debate on School Funding on Thursday 25 April 2019.

I listened carefully to my hon. Friend the Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton); as a neighbouring MP, I find I always do. He will be aware that funding in his constituency has risen by 5.5% per pupil compared with 2017. That is one of the highest increases and reflects the historical underfunding of West Sussex schools—something the national funding formula was introduced to address. He referred to teachers’ pay, which is due to rise by 3.5% for teachers on the main pay scale and by 2% for those on the upper pay scale.

[Official Report, 25 April 2019, Vol. 658, c. 971.]

Letter of correction from the Minister for School Standards:

An error has been identified in my response to the debate.

The correct information should have been:

I listened carefully to my hon. Friend the Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton); as a neighbouring MP, I find I always do. He will be aware that funding in his constituency has risen by 5.5% per pupil compared with 2017. That is one of the highest increases and reflects the historical underfunding of West Sussex schools—something the national funding formula was introduced to address. He referred to teachers’ pay, which has risen by 3.5% for teachers on the main pay scale and by 2% for those on the upper pay scale.