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Volume 407: debated on Thursday 19 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance he has issued to examining boards on the account which should be taken of the effects of hayfever on the performance of children taking public examinations. [119865]

Arrangements for candidates affected by personal illness are set out in The Joint Council for General Qualifications (JCGQ) document, "Regulations and Guidance for Candidates with Particular Requirements".Examination centres may request special consideration from awarding bodies for candidates affected by chronic hayfever during an exam where exam centres are able to provide evidence that the candidate was affected at the time of the examination.