Page last updated at 13:18 GMT, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 14:18 UK

MPS call for increased school funding in Bristol

MPs have urged the government to do more to fund new primary school places in Bristol.

Opening a Westminster Hall debate on 11 October 2011, Labour MP for Bristol East Kerry McCarthy said there was a "desperate" need for new places, due to migration and population growth.

In September, the leader of Bristol City Council Barbara Janke wrote to the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, to ask for extra funding for primary school places in the city.

She claimed that the Liberal Democrat-led council needed to create 5,000 extra spaces over the next four years.

The city's current primary school age population is more than 28,000.

Ms McCarthy said that "failure is not an option".

Schools Minister Nick Gibb said that savings had been made in the Department of Education due to efficiency measures, and that any additional funding available would be allocated to areas in greatest need.


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