HC Deb 26 June 1997 vol 296 c636W
20. Mr. Jim Murphy

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will make a statement on his main policy priorities for raising standards in schools. [4111]

Mr. Byers

Raising standards in schools is a central priority of this Government. That is why we have set up the Standards and Effectiveness Unit. We have also set clear new national targets for higher standards of literacy and numeracy by the time children leave primary school age 11.