HC Deb 05 August 1971 vol 822 cc1834-5
23. Mr. Goodhart

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science by what date she expects that her Department will have adopted metrication for administrative purposes.

Mrs. Thatcher

The construction industry is adopting the metric system, and in consequence bodies responsible for educational building have been asked by my Department to see that projects expected to start on or after 1st April, 1972, are designed in metric measurements.

Mr. Goodhart

Does my right hon. Friend realise that metrication is one area in which many people hope that her Ministry will give a lead by way of syllabuses? Does she realise that educational publishers in particular are in grave difficulties trying to foresee Government policy?

Mrs. Thatcher

A circular was issued some time ago, but before deciding further on what to do we are waiting for the White Paper on metrication.

Mr. Faulds

Does the right hon. Lady not realise that the Government are endangering the planning of school curricula and examinations by being somewhat less than clear in their policy simply, as we all know, to appease some of the backwoodsmen scattered behind her? Is she aware that the N.U.T. has complained about the effect of this uncertainty?

Mrs. Thatcher

We have been very clear about our education policy in the circular to which I referred.

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