HC Deb 18 February 1986 vol 92 c108W
Mr. Hancock

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science from which local authorities he has received representations, and what is the nature of their representations, concerning the introduction of the general certificate of secondary education in the current year.

Mr. Chris Patten

Since my right hon. Friend announced the introduction of the GCSE in June 1984, the Department has received letters from some 50 local education authorities raising various issues about the GCSE. The main points raised have concerned: the timetable for the introduction of the new examinations, the special programme of GCSE in-service training, and the allocation of resources.