§ Rev. Martin Smyth
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what assessment she has made of the value of(a) education for life and (b) training for employment. 
§ Mr. Robin Squire
General education and job-related skills are valuable both to individuals and to our international competitiveness. They are both essential if individuals are to take full advantage of their opportunities in life, and not least to be able to earn a living. Research has shown that educational qualifications reduce the likelihood of unemployment and are associated with increased earnings.