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Volume 114: debated on Monday 6 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if, pursuant to the reply to the hon. Member for Wentworth (Mr. Hardy) on 26 February, Official Report, column 351, the discussions which are being held with GCSE examining groups, local education authorities and teachers' associations have been concluded; and if additional expenditure for future funding of the GCSE directly has been specified.

The first round of discussions with the teachers' associations has now been completed. The information obtained from these, meetings with LEA officers, and monitoring exercises conducted by Her Majesty's Inspector is being analysed. There will be further discussions later in the year to update the information. At this stage it is too early to judge whether resources are needed additional to the substantial provisio for GCSE already made, as detailed in my right hon. Friend's reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Erith and Crayford (Mr. Evennett) on 31 March at columns 447 and 448.