Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, made a statement to the House of Commons on Thursday 7 February 2013, on the future of qualifications, school league tables and the national curriculum
Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Stephen Twigg, responded to the statement on behalf of the Opposition.
Oral statements are made after Question Time (or at 11am on a Friday) and after any Urgent Questions.
Statements normally relate to matters of policy or government actions. At the end of a statement, MPs can respond or question the government minister on its contents.