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Kevin Brennan MP, Labour's Shadow Schools Minister, commenting on the awarding of the contract for the Government's parenting voucher scheme said:

“There need to be reassurances that Government contracts have been awarded on the basis of merit.

"In light of the close friendship between Octavius Black, Michael Gove and David Cameron, it is important that we understand what discussions Mr Black had with fellow members of the Tory Government's inner circle on this policy. We also need to know whether Mr Black stands to gain from this arrangement.

"David Cameron and Michael Gove have real questions to answer about how this contract was awarded. We need to know that there was a fair and open tendering process in place to ensure value for money and we also need reassurance that proper safeguards were put in place to prevent any conflict of interest."

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