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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 30th June 2008.

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Photo of Henry Bellingham Henry Bellingham Shadow Minister (Justice) 2:30 pm, 30th June 2008

Further to the question asked by my hon. Friend Michael Gove, does the Secretary of State believe that pupils should be awarded marks for writing expletives on exam papers? Did he see the article in The Times that found that pupils were being rewarded in exams for writing obscenities? It said:

"One pupil who wrote 'f*** off' was given marks for accurate spelling and conveying a meaning successfully."

Is that not a complete farce?

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