HC Deb 13 July 1972 vol 840 c1820
4. Mr. Duffy

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what advice she has given to local education authorities, arising from her survey of careers guidance, on allowing teachers involved in careers guidance in schools to spend some time in industry.

Mrs. Thatcher

I do not expect to receive the report on the survey before Easter, 1973. In the Department's circular 9/69 local education authorities were encouraged to take part in the CBI's Introduction to Industry Scheme.

Mr. Duffy

Is the right hon. Lady aware that it is the view of the working party set up by Sheffield Youth Employment Committee that it would be valuable for teachers to acquire not so much the kind of detailed knowledge that is enjoyed by full-time youth employment officers as some insight into the demands and pressures that children will have to face subsequently in industry?

Mrs. Thatcher

I think I would agree with the hon. Gentleman, and that was one of the objectives to which the CBI scheme was directed. I should be happy if more people were to take advantage of it because I think it would achieve what the hon. Gentleman suggests.