6 July 2022
Harriett Baldwin secures meeting with new Secretary of State to discuss Malvern Hills College

Harriett Baldwin secures an urgent meeting with the new Secretary of State for Education on the future of further and higher education in Malvern and the situation with Malvern Hills College in particular.

Harriett Baldwin (West Worcestershire) (Con)

I congratulate the Secretary of State warmly on her appointment. Will she take an urgent meeting with me on the subject of further and higher education in Malvern? Malvern Hills College, which has been going for almost 100 years, was passed over to the Warwickshire College Group a few years ago, with a covenant that the site should be used only for education purposes. WCG, having closed the college, is trying not only to sell the site, but to sue my district council. Will she take an urgent meeting?

Michelle Donelan (The Secretary of State for Education)

I would be only too delighted to take an urgent meeting on a matter that sounds extremely urgent.

Before the intervention, I was speaking about the lifelong loan entitlement, which is going to be introduced from 2025. Once it is introduced, we will be the first major country in the world to provide every working-age individual with a pot of cash to draw down to use for their education throughout their life, allowing everyone to share in the life-changing skills on offer at our world-class colleges and universities.