HC Deb 08 November 1999 vol 337 cc432-3W
Mr. Cousins

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment which local education authorities have asked for a variation of the national target for GCSE achievement in 2002; what variations have been agreed; and what reasons for variation have been accepted in each case. [95897]

Mr. Wicks

[holding answer 28 October 1999]: The national targets for GCSE achievement in 2002 cover all pupils in England. It is not open to local education authorities to seek to vary the national targets.