EDUCATION – STANDARDS – 26 March 1998

Dr Julian Lewis: Is not the single most important thing that the Secretary of State can do to assure parents that schools are being properly inspected to continue giving his full support to Chris Woodhead, the chief inspector, who has done more than any one individual to combat the anti-education doctrines that were so disastrously introduced in the 1960s? Does the right hon. Gentleman agree with me also that Mr Woodhead has shown a remarkable ability to function effectively in different political environments – almost as great an ability as the Under-Secretary, the hon. Member for Newport, East (Mr Howarth)?