§ Mr. Boswell
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what studies he has undertaken into the relative values of grades awarded at GCE A Level. 
§ Mr. Wicks
No specific studies of the relative value of GCE A level grades have been carried out either by the Department or the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. However, QCA regularly monitors A levels to ensure consistency in grading standards across different syllabuses, subjects and awarding bodies, and over time, as part of its normal evaluation programme.