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School place shortage concerns

Under-performing schools could be forced to expand to deal with a chronic shortage of places for children, MPs have warned.

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Government to invest '£12.5 million over next decade'

Schools Minister David Laws said the Coalition Government "is tackling this problem" for a lack of school places for primary school children.

Speaking to Daybreak he said: "It ought to have been obvious since 2004 when we started to see a huge increase in the birth rate in this country, that we need more primary school places.

Unfortunately the last Government for the period 2004 to 2010 took out over 200,000 places from the primary school system in this country."

He added: "This coalition government is now putting those places back in.

"By this September we'll have created almost 200,000 places in the primary school system and we're actually putting in £12.5 million over this decade to invest in new school places to provide up to half a million places in the country."

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