HC Deb 14 November 1973 vol 864 cc182-3W
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)
Birkenhead Manchester
Cheshire Newcastle
Chester Northumberland
Doncaster Salop
Enfield Sheffield
Great yarmouth Southampton
Grimsby Staffordshire
Herefordshire Stoke-on-Trent
Huddersfield Suffolk, West
Huntingdon and Peterborough Sussex, West
Leeds Tynemouth
Leicestershire Walsall
Lincolnshire (Holland) Warley
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.