HC Deb 24 July 1973 vol 860 c1486


Lords Amendment: No. 3, in page 12, line 34, at end insert: except that the said reference does include part-time attendance by persons who satisfy the local education authority in question that their attendance is with a view to employment".

Mr. Dudley Smith

I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said amendment.

It was suggested in another place that it is not enough that a local education authority should have only a power and not a duty to make arrangements to provide vocational advice to someone who attends an evening class with a view to improving his employment prospects. This amendment was accordingly accepted on Report in order to remove what could be regarded as an invidious distinction.

The effect is that if someone satisfies a careers officer that he is attending evening classes with a view to employment—that is, in order to obtain another job, or improve himself in his present employment with a view to advancement or promotion—the local authority has a duty to offer him help.

This is an improvement to the Bill and I therefore commend it to the House.

Question put and agreed to.

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