§ Mr. Pearson
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how design and technology scores at secondary level compared with other subjects at(a) Key Stage 3 and (b) Key Stage 4 in Ofsted reports on progress and on teaching quality. 
§ Ms Estelle Morris
Ofsted reports covering 1995–96 show that 58 per cent. of schools had good standards of achievement for design and technology (D&T) at Key Stage 3. More pupils reach this standard in English, art and physical education than in D&T, but fewer do so in other subjects. At Key Stage 4, 57 per cent. of schools had good standards of achievement for D&T. This is better than pupils' performances in mathematics, science, information technology and modern foreign languages but poorer than other subjects. We expect that the improvement at Key Stage 3 will gradually feed into Key Stage 4.