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Education, Training And Industrial Performance

Volume 987: debated on Thursday 3 July 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on the Central Policy Review Staff report "Education, Training and Industrial Performance"; what action he intends to take on this; whether he will be holding discussions on its proposals; and, if so, with whom.

My right hon. and learned Friend welcomes this report as a useful contribution to public debate. We hope that its analysis will receive wide consideration by industry as well as those involved in education and training. The Department is currently considering many of the matters raised in the report, including overall educational provision for 16–19 year-cads, examinations at 17+ and the school curriculum; and we are undertaking consultations with outside interests on these and other issues. We do not therefore propose to hold specific discussions on this report.