My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State announced on 26 September 2007 his intention to establish an independent regulator of examinations and tests. On 17 December my Department, with the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, published the consultation paper "Confidence in Standards: Regulating and developing qualifications and assessment" (Cm 7281), which sets out the detail of our proposals. Copies of the consultation paper are available in the House Library.
We are consulting on these proposals until 10 March 2008 and will bring forward legislation to establish the new regulator at the earliest opportunity.