Education: Tomlinson Report

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:30 pm on 16th March 2005.

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Photo of Lord Lucas Lord Lucas Conservative 2:30 pm, 16th March 2005

My Lords, I am sorry if I appeared to do that. I think it is highly beneficial, but if we are going to create that in the 14 to 19 group we have to encourage universities to offer courses which keep the breadth. There will always be some who want to do physics—and go on to be nuclear physicists—or whose talents are narrow, but many people should be encouraged to keep the breadth. We need universities to come along with us in doing that. In terms of their product offering, there is at the moment no sign of them doing so. I do not believe we should rush into changes for the 14 to 19 group until we have the universities with us on this.