ANOTHER PROMISE BITES THE DUST

18 January 2011

Tomorrow, Wednesday 19 January 2011, the Commons will debate a Labour motion supporting the educational maintenance allowance (EMA) for sixteen to eighteen year old students in further education in England, including more than 7000 in Cornwall.

EMAs, which cost around £560 million a year, are part of departmental spending so do not require a Commons vote to abolish or keep them.

Let’s have a quiz about this. Nothing too taxing, just two simple questions linked to tomorrow’s EMA debate. Clue, the pantomime season being over, nothing about the Libdems this time.

1 Who said: “We’ve looked at Educational Maintenance Allowances and we haven’t announced any plan to get rid of them…no, we don’t have any plans to get rid of them. I said we don’t have any plans to get rid of them…”

2 What actually happened?

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ANSWERS
1 David Cameron, January 2009
2 His Tory Libdem government announced in October 2010 that it is abolishing the EMA
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