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Education

Volume 673: debated on Monday 16 March 2020

Further Education Colleges: Future Skills

The following is an extract from Questions to the Secretary of State for Education on 2 March 2020.

Apprenticeships are down 46% since the introduction of the levy. What will the Minister do in National Careers Week to turn that around?

Apprenticeships are at the heart of our vision for a world-class technical education system, and we have specifically focused on quality in the past year or so. High-quality starts have increased to 63% from 44% in the previous year. Quality is the most important thing, and we are pleased to say that the number of starts is increasing this year.

[Official Report, 2 March 2020, Vol. 672, c. 595.]

Letter of correction from the Under-Secretary of State for Education, the hon. Member for Chichester (Gillian Keegan):

Errors have been identified in the response I gave to the hon. Member for Weaver Vale (Mike Amesbury).

The correct response should have been:

Apprenticeships are at the heart of our vision for a world-class technical education system, and we have specifically focused on quality in the past year or so. High-quality starts on standards have increased to 63% from 44% in the previous year. Quality is the most important thing, and we are pleased to say that the proportion of starts on standards is increasing this year.

Children in the Care System: Sibling Contact

The following is an extract from the Adjournment debate on 4 March 2020.

… The legal framework is clear on allowing contact between siblings and placing them together where it in their best interests. Historically, there have been concerns that some contact arrangements were not made on the assumption that contact should always take place.

[Official Report, 4 March 2020, Vol. 672, c. 956.]

Letter of correction from the Under-Secretary of State for Education, the hon. Member for Chelmsford (Vicky Ford):

An error has been identified in the response I gave to the hon. Member for South Shields (Mrs Lewell-Buck).

The correct response should have been:

… The legal framework is clear on allowing contact between siblings and placing them together where it in their best interests. Historically, there have been concerns that some contact arrangements were made on the assumption that contact should always take place.