James Sunderland raises concerns that any attack on private schools would harm the education of service children

James Sunderland highlights the importance of continuity of education allowance for service families and raises concerns that an attack on private schools will make it harder to educate service children.

James Sunderland (Bracknell) (Con)

We have heard this afternoon how important the continuity of education allowance is for service families. Does the Minister assess that Labour’s proposed attack on private schools will make it easier or harder to educate service children?

The Minister for Defence People, Veterans and Service Families (Dr Andrew Murrison)

It would certainly make it far more expensive. It would also threaten small schools like Warminster School in my constituency, which relies very much on service families. I just reflect on the sacrifices made by all people I know who choose to send their children to independent schools, and in particular members of the defence community who are of course required to make a substantial contribution to their children’s education in the event that they choose to educate them in the independent sector.