HC Deb 19 January 1982 vol 16 cc101-2W
Mr. Nicholas Winterton

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he intends to implement the recommendations put forward in the recent Schools Council report entitled "Examining in a Multi-Cultural Society"; and if he will make a statement.

Dr. Boyson

The report summarises the outcome of a conference organised by the Schools Council to discuss recommendations in the interim report of the committee of inquiry into the education of children from ethnic minority groups, and to agree guidelines for further action. The conference was attended by representatives of most of the examining validating bodies to whom these recommendations are addressed. My right hon. Friend is consulting educational and ethnic minority interests on the education recommendations, including those relating to examinations, made in the committee of inquiry's report, and in the fifth report of the Select Committee on Home Affairs before deciding what action could usefully be taken by the Government.