HC Deb 05 April 2001 vol 366 c277W
Mr. Nicholas Winterton

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what recent discussions he has had with officials of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on standards in education in the UK. [156860]

Mr. Wicks

My noble Friend the Minister for Education and Employment attended the meeting of OECD Education Ministers on 3 and 4 of April to review the OECD's work over the last five years and agree its forward work programme for the next five years. My Department will continue to co-operate closely with OECD in securing lifelong learning for all to meet the new skill demands of the knowledge economy; and in developing innovative teaching and learning to address the challenges for tomorrow's school systems.