Magazine article Public Finance

Education Committee Fails to Agree on White Paper

Magazine article Public Finance

Education Committee Fails to Agree on White Paper

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The controversy surrounding the education white paper was stepped up this week as an influential committee of MPs failed to agree on a response to the government s proposed school reforms.

As Public Finance went to press, the Commons education select committee finally reached their verdict on the paper. A committee source said: 'The report has now been agreed and will be published on January 27' - a day later than scheduled.

The source added that it included a minority report tabled by the committees Conservative members. This is expected to back the white paper, in contrast to the majority report, which, according to leaks, will call for schools to admit set numbers of disadvantaged children, enforced by the local authority.

But Tory MPs see this as giving too much control to councils. They have also suggested the report was manipulated by the Labour-dominated committee to come up with recommendations palatable to rebel backbenchers and provide the prime minister with a compromise route. …

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