HC Deb 09 April 1964 vol 692 c1181
2. Mr. Farr

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will postpone the date of the introduction of the Certificate of Secondary Education until 1966.

The Lord President of the Council and Secretary of State for Education and Science (Mr. Quintin Hogg)

Fourteen regional examining bodies have been established to conduct the examinations for the Certificate of Secondary Examination. I propose to leave the timing of its introduction to them. I understand that most expect to introduce the examination in 1965, but that a few are likely to wait until 1966.

Mr. Farr

I am much obliged to my right hon. and learned Friend for that reply. Is he aware that certain curriculum study groups are not likely to have completed their studies into the syllabuses of this examination in time for the examination to be held for the first time in 1965?

Mr. Hogg

I believe that of the 14 boards eight expect to offer the examination in 1965, two are likely to wait until 1966, and the remainder have not yet made their decision.