Asked on Channel 4's A Week in Politics if he would scrap the system once it is in place, Mr Blair said: "No. If it's in place, then you have to work within the system that you take over and I don't know what changes we'll make to that now."
When the Government's plan was announced last week David Blunkett, Labour's education spokesman, denounced it as "a con-trick on children and parents".
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