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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 30th June 2008.

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Photo of David Laws David Laws Shadow Secretary of State (Children, Schools and Families) 2:30 pm, 30th June 2008

I invite the Secretary of State to congratulate his predecessor, Alan Johnson, who is now Health Secretary, on his remarkable wisdom and foresight in March 2007, when he predicted that the new diploma system could go horribly wrong. Now that the Health Secretary has been proved right, will the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families consider scrapping the complex 17 diploma system, which is clearly not working effectively? Will he consider replacing it with a general diploma that will build on existing qualifications?

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