§ 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. 
§ 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.