HC Deb 17 December 1985 vol 89 cc122-3W
72. Mr. Cash

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will take steps to incorporate into the core curriculum practical knowledge of business skills and taxation.

Mr. Chris Patten

Detailed decisions on the school curriculum are for the schools themselves, but my right hon. Friend has made clear our view that it is desirable that all pupils should be equipped by the age of 16 with some economic awareness and understanding. We are continuing to encourage the development of links between schools and employers, a process which will be reinforced by the activities associated with Industry Year 1986.