§ Mr. Jim Cunningham
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will make a statement on consultation with teachers at school level on the introduction of national education initiatives. 
§ Mr. Byers
The Government recognises the key role teachers have to play in raising standards in schools. All major consultation documents have been sent to schools as well as to the teacher associations. They responded in kind: 1,800 teachers or groups of teachers responded to the White Paper "Excellence in schools".