§ 13. Mr. PALING
asked the Minister of Labour how many local education authorities have made arrangements for juvenile instruction centres under the Unemployment Act and which authorities have so far failed to do so?
77 education authorities are now conducting junior instruction centres or classes or have submitted formal proposals for that purpose. A number of other authorities have proposals under active consideration, while in many areas there will be no need for centres or classes. Considerable delay is inevitable in many areas particularly owing to the difficulty of acquiring sites and accommodation, but I have received no information which suggests that any authority does not intend to carry out its obligation under the Act.
§ Sir P. HARRIS
Can the right hon. Gentleman say how many centres were in existence before, and how many are new centres?
If the hon. Member will put down a question, I shall be glad to give him the information.
I have given the number of authorities in which they are actually operating, and I have indicated that in other areas arrangements are proceeding.