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Students: Plagiarism

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his policy is on regulation of companies which offer essay writing services for students. (193722)

We have no powers to regulate such companies. In relation to accredited qualifications in England, the awarding bodies are responsible for putting in place procedures to ensure the authenticity of candidates' coursework. The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) develops guidance on behalf of the awarding bodies for dealing with instances of suspected malpractice.

It places a responsibility on staff in schools and colleges who must sign a written declaration that students' coursework is authentic. Students must also sign a declaration that the coursework they submit is their own work. The guidance is reviewed annually in light of experience.