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Part of Prayers – in the House of Commons at 10:25 am on 19th July 1991.

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Photo of Mr Anthony Coombs Mr Anthony Coombs , Wyre Forest 10:25 am, 19th July 1991

The hon. Gentleman makes much of the need to build a concensus in the education system about reforms. How does he square that with the views which were made known publicly by Nigel de Gruchy, the general secretary of the National Association of Schoolmasters/Union of Women Teachers, on the education standards commission? Mr. de Gruchy said that he was hostile to it. Doug McAvoy, the general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, described the proposed commission as a gimmickly idea, meant more for public relations than to produce any substantial improvements in education standards.