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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will accept the recommendations of the National Curriculum Council that art, music and physical recreation should be retained as compulsory subjects in the national curriculum for pupils up to the age of 16 years; and if he will make a statement.
My right hon. Friend is considering the curriculum framework for 14 to 16-year-olds in the light of the National Curriculum Council's advice. He will make his views known as soon as possible.