Opposition Day — Education Maintenance Allowance — 19 Jan 2011 at 18:51
The majority of MPs voted for a Government motion noting the replacement of the education maintenance allowance and committing the Government to working on new student support arrangements to improve access to and participation in further and higher education.
The adopted motion read:
- That this House:
- believes in full participation in education and training for young people up to the age of 18 and considers that support must be in place to allow those who face the greatest barriers to participation to access this opportunity;
- notes that the previous Government left this country with one of the largest budget deficits in the world and that savings have had to be made in order to avoid burdening future generations;
- further notes that the Government has increased funding for deprivation within the 16 to 19 budget and has already begun to replace the current education maintenance allowance system with more targeted support for those who face genuine barriers, including travel; and
- commits the Government to working with young people, schools and colleges and others outside and inside Parliament on arrangements for supporting students in further education and on improving access to, enthusiasm for and participation in further and higher education."
A Government press release on plans to end EMA, issued on the day of the vote, stated:
- EMA costs over £560 million per year with administration costs amounting to £36 million. The Government believes it must target its resources to those most in need.
-  Michael Gove (Secretary of State, Education, House of Commons, 19th January 2011 - Speech in which the minister introduces the Government amendment to the opposition motion.
-  Plans to end the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) programme - 19 January 2011
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||271 (+1 tell)||0||0||88.9%|
|Lab||0||241 (+2 tell)||0||94.2%|
|LDem||48 (+1 tell)||0||0||86.0%|