§ Mr. Llew Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Education what matters were discussed, and what decisions were taken at the EU Education Council held in St. Petersburg on 15 and 16 September.
§ Mr. Boswell
This conference, which my right hon. Friend attended, was not a formal meeting of the EU40W Education Council. It provided a useful opportunity to learn about the efforts currently being made by the Russian Government to secure the reform of its educational system, and allowed Ministers to take stock of the assistance and co-operation programmes in education being pursued with the Russian Federation both at Community level and by individual member states. A communiqué was issued at the close of the conference. I have arranged for copies to be placed in the Library.