Prime Minister's Questions: National Star College

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown calls on the PM to meet a delegation of students and principals of Star College concening the Learning and Skills Council decision not to fund the expansion o fhte college.

Mr. Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold) (Con): Is the Prime Minister aware that some of the finest residential training for severely disabled people has been put in jeopardy by the decision this week of the Learning and Skills Council not to fund the expansion of the National Star college in my constituency? Would he agree to meet a delegation of some of the disabled students, some of the principals of the college and myself, to discuss the unique situation of that college and see whether there is a solution to this problem?

The Prime Minister: We have set aside £2.3 billion for investment in further education colleges over this spending review period. We put an additional £300 million into that in the Budget. I will ask— [Interruption.] This comes under expenditure on colleges, and it needs money that would have to be provided by the Government. I am saying to the hon. Gentleman that I shall get the further education colleges Minister to meet him about this, but we have put £300 million extra into the investment in capital buildings as a result of the Budget.

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