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Qualifications And Curriculum Authority

Volume 407: debated on Wednesday 18 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the relationship between the Government and the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority; what plans he has to change it; and if he will make a statement. [118104]

The Government work closely with QCA. My right hon. Friend and I meet Sir Anthony Greener and Dr. Ken Boston, the Chair and Chief Executive of QCA, regularly on a wide range of issues. Regular meetings also take place between officials. I am satisfied that the arrangements in place secure the right framework of accountability while ensuring that the QCA is properly independent in its setting of examination and testing standards.A Memorandum of Understanding which describes the relationship between the Department and QCA has been agreed and made available on the QCA website. I am placing a copy in the Library. We will continue to keep the relationship under review.