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SHEPHARD SAYS COUNCILS DO NOT KNOW WHAT IS BEST

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The government succeeded in overturning a Lords defeat for its nursery voucher scheme when MPs last night voted by ...
The government succeeded in overturning a Lords defeat for its nursery voucher scheme when MPs last night voted by 275 to 251 to reject the peers' amendment to delay the implementation of a national scheme until a thorough evaluation of four pilot projects, reports BBC Three Counties.

Education secretary Gillian Shephard told the Commons that any delay in introducing a national voucher scheme would restrict parental choice.

She declared: 'Extending parental choice is vital. It's parents who know what's best for their four year old children, not local authorities and certainly not Whitehall.

'That is why the voucher scheme puts parental choice at its centre. It allows parents to choose pre-school education in the maintained sector, the private sector and the voluntary sector'.
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