HC Deb 17 May 1962 vol 659 c142W
54. Mr. Mapp

asked the Minister of Education if he will now indicate the recommendations of the Secondary School Examinations Council in regard to the advancement of the date of the summer examination for the General Certificate of Education; and if he will make a statement.

Sir D. Eccles

The Council advised me that it was greatly concerned about the educational difficulties likely to be involved in advancing the date of the G.C.E. examination, but that if such a change were to make an important contribution to the successful staggering of holidays it would be prepared to recommend that steps should be taken to secure that the examination would be completed by the end of June. The Government are considering this advice in the general context of measures to extend the holiday season.