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Mandatory Awards

Volume 35: debated on Monday 17 January 1983

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what information has been provided by his Department to local education authorities about the errors in the Education (Mandatory Awards) Regulations; and what advice has been given about the manner in which authorities should handle the matter pending correction of the errors.

The amending regulations which my right hon. Friend will shortly lay before Parliament will bring the awards regulations into line with the interpretation of the provisions of schedule 3 which local education authorities have, we believe, adopted in making awards assessments, though these provisions are at present technically defective. No advice about how they should proceed in the meantime has therefore been thought to be necessary. The Department will issue a circular letter when the amendment is made.