§ Mr. Bryan Davies
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment when she last met with members of the National Council for Vocational Qualifications to discuss reform of the national vocational qualification system. 
§ Mr. Paice
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education and Employment last met Sir Michael Heron, the chairman of the National Council for550W Vocational Qualifications, on 27 March 1996. The Secretary of State conveyed her priorities for NCVQ—including measures to further improve the quality of the national vocational qualification system—to its council via her annual guidance letter, 29 January 1996, and my hon. Friend Lord Henley, the Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment is in regular contact with the chairman of NCVQ.