Points of Order

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:34 pm on 22nd October 2002.

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Photo of Andrew Turner Andrew Turner Conservative, Isle of Wight 4:34 pm, 22nd October 2002

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. The Secretary of State for Education and Skills misled a Select Committee—inadvertently, I am sure—about her promise to resign if literacy targets were not met.

During an Opposition Day debate on 2 March 1999, my hon. Friend Mr. Willetts asked

XWill the Minister commit herself to the Secretary of State's pledge to resign if the Government do not reach their literacy and numeracy targets by 2002?"

The right hon. Lady replied

XOf course I will; I have already done so."—[Hansard, 2 March 1999; Vol. 326, c. 948.]

When the right hon. Lady appeared before the Select Committee of which I am a member on 24 October last year, she was asked whether she would resign if her predecessor's targets were not met. She replied:

XNo, and I never said I would."

Would it be appropriate for her to appear either before the House or before the Select Committee to put the record straight, and to take the action that she promised?