§ Mr. Anthony Coombs
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations he has received about the standards in education.
§ Mrs. Rumbold
We have received over 10,000 responses to our consultation paper on the national curriculum. A number of respondents have noted that many children now fail to do as well as they could and should, and recognise the importance of a curriculum which sets clear and appropriate objectives for all pupils.