HC Deb 11 December 1973 vol 866 cc176-7
5. Mr. Duffy

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will make a statement on the report on Careers Education in Schools.

Mrs. Thatcher

The report was published on 16th October and initial reactions have been generally favourable. When all interested parties have had time to study its findings my Department intends to consider with them how further progress in this field can best be achieved.

Mr. Duffy

Is not the Secretary of State aware that in some quarters the situation that the report revealed was described as deplorable? Will she bear that in mind in arriving at her recommendations?

Mrs. Thatcher

I agree with the hon. Gentleman that in many schools the situation is far from satisfactory. In some schools the subject is being dealt with excellently and I hope that the practice there will commend itself to others. We are anxious that careers education in schools should receive high priority.