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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

School funding issues

The Assembly's decision yesterday to set up a Committee to investigate the way that Welsh schools are funded was an important step forward in the scrutiny process. The sort of time that is required to conduct an in-depth review of this nature is simply not available to the Education and Lifelong Learning Committee. It is also the first Assembly scrutiny committee that does not involve the membership of the Minister, a principle already enshrined in local government legislation.

The significance of this vote of course is that it is another defeat for the Government and yet there is not a mention of it in the Western Mail, the supposed national newspaper of Wales. It is possible that the media is beginning to get blasé already or maybe school funding is not considered news. Either way there is more to come, with a Tory Party minority debate due in two weeks time.
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