HC Deb 20 April 1982 vol 22 c76W
14. Mr. Ernie Ross

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what recent comparative assessment he has made of results from the independent and State education sectors.

Sir Keith Joseph

There is no complete measure of comparative effectiveness since this depends on how well each school copes with the task which it happens to be set. Independent schools, as a whole, obtain better examination results than maintained schools.