HC Deb 17 October 1989 vol 158 c9
6. Mr. Turner

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what plans he has for the local education authority training grants; and if he will make a statement.

The Minister of State, Department of Education and Science (Mrs. Angela Rumbold)

Details of the arrange-ments for the local education authority training grants scheme for 1990–91, including provisional funding allocations, were announced in the Department's circular No. 20/89, which was issued on 18 August and copies of which are available in the Library.

Mr. Turner

I thank the Minister for her answer. Can the hon. Lady estimate the cost in staff time of organising the two different categories of grant—national and local? When will the review be completed?

Mrs. Rumbold

I cannot tell the hon. Gentleman exactly how far organisation within individual schools has progressed as I do not have that information to hand. The local education authorities' local priorities are being subsumed because they are paying more attention to the national priorities, which means that more work is being carried out on training within schools, especially in the primary sector.