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Volume 961: debated on Tuesday 23 January 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what guidance she has given to local education authorities about the need to make special and separate provision for children diagnosed as dyslexic; what special conditions are recommended for dyslexic children in taking examinations; and if she will make a statement.

The committee of inquiry into the education of handicapped children and young people was established in 1974 and no guidance was given while that inquiry was in progress. The Government are now considering the report of the committee, which was presented to Parliament in May 1978, and my right hon. Friend will decide what guidance can be given to local education authorities about meeting the needs of children with learning difficulties of various kinds.It is for the examining boards to decide whether to make special provision for such children; practice varies, and the Schools Council has recently asked the examining boards to look again at their arrangements to see if a uniform approach can be established.