HC Deb 03 December 1998 vol 321 cc243-4W
Helen Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what research his Department has commissioned into the effect of art and music lessons in developing children's ability in other subjects; and if he will make a statement. [62113]

Ms Estelle Morris

My Department has not commissioned any research into the effect of art and music lessons on children's ability in other subjects. This Government believe that art and music are essential parts of every child's education. That is why music and art remain National Curriculum foundation subjects which must be taught by all schools as part of a broad and balanced curriculum.