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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th May 1991.

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Photo of Mr John Major Mr John Major , Huntingdon 12:00 am, 14th May 1991

I was not aware of that proposal, but I am unsurprised to hear that that is the view of the Labour local authority; it clearly has no concern for the views of parents about education—a point which the Leader of the Opposition neglected to mention. As a general principle, I agree with my hon. Friend that the Labour party opposes choice on assisted places, on city technology colleges and on grammar schools. Its top priority on day one, as the hon. Member for Blackburn (Mr. Straw) said, would be to take away parents' choice to keep their schools independent of council control.