Decimal System

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th July 1967.

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Photo of Mrs Renée Short Mrs Renée Short , Wolverhampton North East 12:00 am, 20th July 1967

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what steps have been taken by his Department to advise local education authorities on the methods of teaching the new decimal system.

Photo of Mrs Shirley Williams Mrs Shirley Williams , Hitchin

My right hon. Friend has asked the Schools Council to consider the curricular implications of the new system for the schools. The implications for further education establishments are being considered separately.

Photo of Mrs Renée Short Mrs Renée Short , Wolverhampton North East

I thank my hon. Friend for that reply. Is she aware that there will be considerable cost in the reprinting of textbooks? Is this to be borne by the Department?

Photo of Mrs Shirley Williams Mrs Shirley Williams , Hitchin

The Department is not itself responsible for new textbooks, but we are aware that there will need to be many changes, and inspectors are at present in contact with the publishers of textbooks about the changes which will be required. We hope that full guidance on the whole subiect can be made available early in 1968.