HC Deb 12 December 1978 vol 960 cc105-6W
16. Mr. Roy Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she intends to have any further discussions with local education authorities about the proposed new examinations in secondary schools before any final decision is taken about their introduction.

Mrs. Shirley Williams:

The Government decided, following consultations in the Schools Council and the Waddell steering committee on which the local authorities were represented, that a single system of examining should be introduced. The Education Departments will, of course, be having discussions with many interests, including representatives of the local authorities, about preparations for the new system as set out in the White Paper "Secondary School Examinations at 16+" (Cmnd 7368).