§ Mr. Spearing
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if she will list, in relation to the proposed selection of pupils for secondary schools by ability or aptitude, as provided in clause 4 and schedule 1 of the Education Bill(a) the purpose for which these two qualities are directed and (b) how these qualities differ from the purposes to which pupils not so selected are to be directed in (i) the same and (ii) other schools. 
§ Mr. Robin Squire
Different schools have different strengths, and some choose to specialise in particular areas of the curriculum. The provisions set out in clause 4 and schedule 1 of the Education Bill will give admission authorities the flexibility to offer a proportion of places to pupils with particular aptitudes, or of high ability in one or more subjects or generally, without seeking central approval.
§ Mr. Spearing
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what requests she has received for the imposition of a statutory duty on(a) maintained secondary schools and (b) secondary grant-maintained schools for an annual governors' review to introduce, or vary, selective admission procedures, naming the persons or bodies concerned in each case. 
§ Mr. Squire
My right hon. Friend has received no such specific request. She is, however, aware that many parents, for whom it is not presently a possibility, wish to have the option of selective education. It is right that schools should consider on a regular basis whether the380W wishes of parents and the needs of children in their areas would be better served by the introduction extension or of selective admission arrangements.