§ Mr. Moyle
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) whether she will list proposals for the future of colleges of education which she has received to date;
(2) whether she will list the interim reports on the future of colleges of education which she has received from existing local education authorities to date; and whether she will indicate any outline proposals they contain.
§ Mrs. Thatcher
My Department's Circular 7/73, which related both to colleges of education and to further education establishments, asked existing local education authorities to submit interim reports by November. Reports for the whole or parts of areas have so far been received from the following 35 authorities.
Barking Lincolnshire (Lindsey) Bexley Birkenhead Manchester Cheshire Newcastle Chester Northumberland Doncaster Salop Eastbourne Enfield Sheffield Great yarmouth Southampton Grimsby Staffordshire Herefordshire Stoke-on-Trent Huddersfield Suffolk, West Huntingdon and Peterborough Sussex, West Torbay Leeds Tynemouth Leicestershire Walsall Lincoln Lincolnshire (Holland) Warley Worcester Lincolnshire (Kestevan) Yorkshire, North Riding
I am now studying these reports but am not in a position to make a statement about them. Their main purpose was to indicate progress which has been made so far rather than to submit firm proposals. Responsibility for preparing final plans will rest with the new authorities after they are established next year.