HC Deb 15 June 1999 vol 333 c128W
Dr. Cable

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what research his Department has(a) commissioned and (b) evaluated from the schools sector on the policy of naming and shaming failing colleges. [86171]

Mr. Mudie

The Government have no specific policy of "naming and shaming" further education colleges with poor provision. We may, however, comment on adverse inspection reports or other evidence which is already in the public domain.

The Government are strongly committed to raising standards in further education. We will continue to give praise to successful colleges who are performing well and will emphasise how much we value excellence through the announcement of further Beacon Colleges. However, we will not tolerate unacceptable standards, or hesitate to intervene where colleges are failing their students and communities.