Oral Contribution: 7 September 2017
I will make just two brief points. On the national situation, I will add one point to the sparkling speech of my hon. Friend Nic Dakin, who mentioned the underspending on 16 to 19-year-olds. The latest figure he cited was from 2015-16, but according to a parliamentary answer given in July, the currently projected underspending is even higher, at about £267 million. That would leave some spare change if his suggestion of an immediate uplift in spending per head were introduced.