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Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people are employed as (a) GCSE and (b) A-level examiners in England. (86432)

No central database is kept of examiner numbers. However, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) estimates that the three English-based unitary awarding bodies (AQA, OCR and Edexcel) contracted approximately 56,000 people as examiners and moderators for GCSEs, A-levels and related qualifications in 2005/06.