§ Mr. Coleman
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether her Department draws the attention of schools to the competitions and projects for schoolchildren, organised by the Council of Europe; and what encouragement is given by her Department to schools wishing to enter these competitions and projects.
§ Mr. van Straubenzee
The Council of Europe does not itself organise competitions and projects for schoolchildren but sponsors the activities of an international organisation called "European Schools' Day" with headquarters in Strasbourg, which aims to develop in young people of school age a better awareness of the basic unity of Europe's cultural heritage.
In England and Wales the British Committee of the European Schools' Day is responsible for this work, which is publicised in a free education information booklet "International Affairs and the Commonwealth in Education". I am sending a copy to the hon. Member.