What a marvellous coincidence (or was it?) between the front-page headline (Gazette, 12 March, ‘Delay casts fresh doubt over new super-exam’) and an item in ‘Memory Lane’ on the back page of the same issue (15 March 1978: Examinations – Is Alexandra Palace suitable?).

In the 40 years since the latter was published, countless examination hall venues have been identified and used in different institutions throughout the country so that tens of thousands of would-be solicitors have been able to sit their exams. The suitability of the accommodation is therefore no longer the issue. ‘Progress’ dictates that the debate has moved on. Now all that we are concerned with is the small matter of the suitability of the exam itself!

Neil Parpworth, Leicester De Montfort Law School, Leicester