HC Deb 22 May 1996 vol 278 c254W
20. Mr. Ian Bruce

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what assessment she has made of the benefits to date accruing from the amalgamation of the former Departments for Education and of Employment. [29113]

Mr. Robin Squire

The amalgamation has given us the opportunity to develop more coherent policies in critical areas such as lifetime learning and the framework of qualifications. We are beginning to see the first fruits of the new approach.