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Asked how many marks out of ten the Prime Minister would give David Cameron on his performance at PMQs today, the PMOS said that he would resist that kind invitation to comment on party political matters. Today had been a normal day. The Prime Minister had used the opportunity to set out his position on education and climate change and that position should not have come as a surprise to anyone.

Asked if the Prime Minister was happy if the coming education legislation was only passed with the support of the Conservative party, the PMOS said that he would not get into hypothetical questions. What the Prime Minister was quite happy to do was set out his view about why he believed schools should have the freedoms of Foundation schools and Trust schools. Equally he was quite happy to repeat his opposition to selection. It was for others to take their position. Put to him that the Prime Minister appeared to be in favour of selection, the PMO said that was not the case, as the Prime Minister had made clear at PMQs.  In terms of academies they were entitled to select up to 10% in terms of aptitude. However the figures actually showed that on average only 6% of students were selected.

Asked about the drafting of an alternative Education paper by 30 Labour backbenchers, the PMOS said that that was a matter for backbench MPs, not for him.

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