Mr Gove said that the Labour party were responsible for a shortage; he said they had cut the number of places in primary schools by 200,000 between 2003 and 2010 and the funding for new school places by £150 million between 2004 and 2009.
It's correct to say the number of primary places fell from 2003-2010. But as we covered yesterday, a factor in this was that the number of school places available in that period exceeded the number of pupils looking to fill them. The figures come from a National Audit Office (NAO) report, which said that at the time:
"…the challenge facing the Department and local authorities was to remove excess capacity. Consequently, the number of primary places fell by almost 207,000 (5 per cent) between 2003/04 and 2009/10. The challenge now is making sure there are sufficient places."
The same report also provides data on the funding for school places during 2004-2009, and shows that it rose. This is based on data submitted to the NAO by the Department for Education.
An earlier dataset released to parliament in 2011 shows a fall from £566 in 2004/05 to £419 to 2009/10, supporting Mr Gove's claim that funding fell by £150 million across the period. We've contacted the department for clarification and will post an update when we have it.
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