Qualifying Bodies

Part of Clause 12 – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th July 1976.

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Photo of Mr Edward Lyons Mr Edward Lyons , Bradford West 12:00 am, 8th July 1976

The speech of the hon. Member for Burton (Mr. Lawrence) was pernicious and inaccurate in description. There is nothing in the clause that has the meaning that the hon. Gentleman attaches to it. It does not do what he suggests. His description bore no relationship to the clause. The clause is to protect students, not the examiner. It is not to advise the student that his language is not good enough. It is not racial in any way. There is no merit in the hon. Gentleman's speech. I speak about it only because it contained the sort of remarks that are so damaging in the country.