§ Dr. Wright
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what research her Department has(a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the correlation between grades obtained at A-level and performance in higher education degree examinations. 
§ Mr. Forth
My Department has not commissioned any research on this topic. There have been a number of such studies, usually small scale, and these have tended to show that there is a positive correlation between individuals' A-level score and degree class but this is small. It is for universities to determine the suitability of applicants for degree courses.