§ Mr. Deakins
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will list the powers of local education authorities to appoint social welfare assistants to the staff of primary schools to deal with problems of home environment which have an adverse effect on the education of children.
§ Mr. St. John-Stevas
Section 105 and 106 of the Local Government Act 1933 give county and borough councils, respectively, powers to appoint such officers as the councils think necessary for the efficient discharge of their functions. The London Government Act 1963 gives similar powers to the Inner London Education Authority. These powers, which are discretionary and would cover the appointment of social welfare assistants in primary schools, will be replaced by Section 112(1) of the Local Government Act 1972.