§ Mr. Litterick
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the formal establishment of the Careers Advisory Service in the Selly Oak area of Birmingham; to what extent the current staff 475W strength falls short of this; and what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the careers advisory service in Selly Oak is fully manned.
§ Mr. John Fraser
Under the Employment and Training Act 1973 provision of the Careers Service is a mandatory function of local education authorities. Although advice is available from my Department's Careers Service Inspectorate, staffing is the responsibility of the authorities.