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Education and Skills (14 to 19) (23 Feb 2005)

Robert Jackson: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the belief that parity of esteem can be generated by a single formal structure of formal qualifications is simply too mechanistic? Surely a better route to it is the pursuit of higher levels of individual attainment and ambition in both academic and vocational studies. Will my right hon. Friend tell us something about the relationship between her proposals...

Orders of the Day — European Union Bill (9 Feb 2005)

Robert Jackson: And wider.

Orders of the Day — European Union Bill (9 Feb 2005)

Robert Jackson: After a European debate a few months ago, the hon. Member for North Essex (Mr. Jenkin)—I still think of him as an hon. Friend—remarked to me that it was interesting that the supporters of the measure that we are considering always refer to the "European constitutional treaty", while its opponents refer to the "European constitution". That theme has emerged extensively during the debate,...

Orders of the Day — European Union Bill (9 Feb 2005)

Robert Jackson: I shall be happy to discuss that point with the right hon. Gentleman. Of course we must consider not only the number of areas, but their weight and significance. He must accept that qualified majority voting on nominations to the European Court of Auditors is not quite as serious as other matters. The Maastricht treaty gave a treaty base to various forms of interstate co-operation among...

Orders of the Day — European Union Bill (9 Feb 2005)

Robert Jackson: I want to finish this point. Two years ago, we saw no evidence of such constraints having any effect at all when the chips were down over Iraq. There were no such constraints either on the foreign policy of the majority in the enlarged Union led by Britain, which supported the war, or on the foreign policy of the minority, led by France, which opposed it. Europe will have a "constitution"...

Orders of the Day — European Union Bill (9 Feb 2005)

Robert Jackson: rose—

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (9 Feb 2005)

Robert Jackson: Will my right hon. Friend accept an invitation to visit the Rutherford Appleton laboratory in my constituency to see the new Diamond synchrotron, which is nearing completion there? It is the biggest single investment in the history of British science, made by this Government, and it is a very apt symbol of the commitment that this Government—and the Chancellor and the Prime Minister—have...

DWP (Five-year Strategy) (2 Feb 2005)

Robert Jackson: Will my right hon. Friend say something about training arrangements to help people come off incapacity benefit? More particularly, what does he think about the Opposition's commitment to abolish the new deal on the ground that it is a wasteful operation?

Farming and Rural Communities (19 Jan 2005)

Robert Jackson: This is my maiden speech as the first Labour Member of Parliament for Wantage. I am delighted to make it on a subject that is important in my constituency—farming and rural affairs. It is agreeable, I must say, to be sitting in my old place on these Benches. I am just old enough to remember the respect and affection in the farming community for Tom Williams, the agriculture Minister in the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: FCO Arabic Speakers (27 Oct 2004)

Robert Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many fully trained Arabic speakers work for the Foreign Office.

University Admissions Policy (25 Oct 2004)

Robert Jackson: The hon. Gentleman is being unfair to the Conservative establishment. Under the last Conservative Government, the proportion of our young people going to universities rose substantially. When we entered government, 6 per cent. of our young people went to university, and when we left the figure was pushing beyond 20 per cent., which does not square with his picture of a designing establishment.

University Admissions Policy (25 Oct 2004)

Robert Jackson: In relation to the Laura Spence story, the hon. Gentleman should remember that all the applicants had brilliant A-levels. It was an extraordinary farrago, given that of the six people admitted to study medicine at Magdalen in that intake, four came from state schools and only two from independent schools.

University Admissions Policy (25 Oct 2004)

Robert Jackson: The hon. Gentleman assumes that best practice will always be uncontroversial and something on which everyone will agree. He must understand that universities may well disagree among themselves about what constitutes best practice for admissions. Does he agree that that must be respected?

University Admissions Policy (25 Oct 2004)

Robert Jackson: The public have a legitimate interest in university admissions policies, and it must be recognised that that interest is bound to be most acute at a time when the state is restoring the payment of private fees by students. There is a natural concern in the public mind that that should not result in social exclusion. The universities will benefit in every way from the greater freedoms that...

University Admissions Policy (25 Oct 2004)

Robert Jackson: What the hon. Gentleman says about interviews may be right, but does he agree that just as it is a matter for Stanford whether it uses interviews, so should it be a matter for our universities to make a free decision on whether to use them?

University Admissions Policy (25 Oct 2004)

Robert Jackson: Since the hon. Gentleman will not answer the hon. Member for Oxford, West and Abingdon (Dr. Harris), perhaps he will answer me. What proportion of young people from independent schools, compared with state schools, get three As at A-level?

University Admissions Policy (25 Oct 2004)

Robert Jackson: The figure is 46 per cent.

University Admissions Policy (25 Oct 2004)

Robert Jackson: indicated assent.

University Admissions Policy (25 Oct 2004)

Robert Jackson: I welcome the Minister's comments, but does he think it sensible of HEFCE and HESA to have changed from using A-levels as the comparator to using the Universities and Colleges and Admissions Service tariff points, which include GNVQs and AS-levels alongside A-levels, as a measure for university entrants? Does he not think that they should reconsider that decision?

University Admissions Policy (25 Oct 2004)

Robert Jackson: The Minister is being very patient and reassuring, but will he clarify one point? If a university decides that it wants to use interviews as part of its method of finding out about the quality of the candidates that are offered, would that be a perfectly proper and legitimate approach for it to adopt?


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