HC Deb 30 March 1950 vol 473 c545
21. Mr. Hollis

asked the Minister of Education whether, in view of the fact that the age limit for taking the School Certificate is to be waived for certain pupils in 1950, he will also waive it in 1951, for such pupils whose education would receive advantage from this freedom.

Mr. Tomlinson

No, Sir. This year's concession is confined to a limited and non-recurring class of candidate.

Mr. Hollis

Can the right hon. Gentleman explain a little more? Will this not still be so in 1951, when there will be a certain class of candidates who want to complete their qualification, though not so many as in 1950?

Mr. Tomlinson

No, Sir. The circumstances are such that that could not arise. The people who have been given permission are those who obtained a Certificate last year but need to add one additional subject to it in 1950. The age limit does apply this year. Therefore, any who come in this category next year would automatically qualify.