§ 22. Mr. Milburn
To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make a statement on the extent of increase in the powers which can be exercised by the holder of his office since 1979.
§ Mr. Forth
The Government's policy on education is not to increase the powers of my right hon. Friend. It is to devolve the maximum possible power to the individual institutions with responsibility for providing education: schools, colleges of further education and universities.
The contents of the Education Bill now in Standing Committee reflects this aim, as the most appropriate way to secure higher standards of education.