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MPs debate educational attainment in Yorkshire and the Humber

24 March 2016

On Monday 18 April MPs took part in a debate on educational attainment in Yorkshire and the Humber. This debate was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee following a bid from Jo Cox, Martin Vickers and Greg Mulholland on 1 March.

This debate was opened by Jo Cox, Labour MP for Mitcham and Morden.

Watch the debate and read the transcript

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Text of the motion

'That this House notes that Yorkshire and the Humber was the lowest ranked region in England in 2013-14 for education attainment; further notes that the January 2016 report from the Social Market Foundation entitled Educational Inequality in England and Wales found that geographical inequality was the most important factor in determining students' educational attainment; and calls on the Government to take action to address the underlying causes of these inequalities as a matter of urgency and to set out the steps it is taking to ensure that children in Yorkshire and the Humber are equally likely to achieve good school qualifications as children in London.'

Backbench Business Committee

The Backbench Business Committee meets weekly on Tuesdays to consider requests for debates from any backbench Members of Parliament on any subject.

The Committee then has to decide how to allocate the limited Parliamentary time it has at its disposal. The Committee's meetings are always conducted in public and can be watched on Parliament TV.

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