HC Deb 30 June 1986 vol 100 c382W
Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what proposals Her Majesty's Government are preparing to put forward at the Commonwealth Education Ministers conference in 1987.

Mr. Chris Patten

On the basis of ideas discussed at a meeting of Commonwealth Education Ministers in Sofia in October 1985, in which my hon. Friend the Member for the City of London and Westminster, South (Mr. Brooke) participated, the Commonwealth Secretariat hopes shortly to propose the theme for the 1987 conference in Nairobi. My right hon. Friend will then consider how best to make a positive and constructive contribution to the discussion of the theme in Nairobi and to any opportunities for useful, practical co-operation between Commonwealth countries which could arise from it.