§ Mr. Boswell
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will make a statement on UCAS's proposals for a unified tariff of Level 3 qualifications. 
§ Mr. Wicks
[holding answer 20 December 1999]: The tariff of points for entry to higher education is constructed by UCAS, which is an independent organisation. The UCAS board recently announced changes to the tariff.
My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State, while welcoming some aspects of the Tariff which are expected to be supportive of the "Qualifying for Success" reforms, is not convinced of the need to change the ratio between the A and E grades from 5:1 to 3:1. He has said he will consider the issue further in discussions with UCAS.