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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 Edward Balls Edward Balls Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families 2:30 pm, 30th June 2008

It is the hon. Gentleman who has got it horribly wrong. That was not what was said by my right hon. Friend, if I remember correctly. The fact is that our diploma programme is going from strength to strength, and we will continue to take it forward. The vice-president of AstraZeneca said just today:

"We believe strongly that the Diploma's ethos of applied learning, far from being a distraction as the CBI suggests, will in fact have a real and positive effect in boosting the numbers of young people studying key subjects like science and languages" .

There is another very important quote:

"An over-arching diploma which brings together academic and vocational training into one single diploma which we support...I think would help end this historic gap and this deeply damaging gap between academic qualifications and vocational training."

I agree with the shadow Chancellor; it is a pity that the shadow Secretary of State does not.

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