HC Deb 26 June 1995 vol 262 c530W
Mr. Win Griffiths

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what was the cost expressed in present day prices of the publication of examination papers in GCSE and pre-GCSE equivalent examinations in(a) 1964, (b) 1974, (c) 1984 and (d) 1994; and what assessment he has made of the level of reading age required to be able to understand the questions set. [29595]

Mr. Richards

Comparative publication costs for GCSE and equivalent pre-GCSE examinations for the relevant periods are not available; the Joint Council for GCSE Examination Groups commissioned research into reading age standards for GCSE papers in 1991. The findings were considered in the development of subsequent GCSE examination papers.