HC Deb 10 March 1976 vol 907 cc235-6W
Mr. Tierney

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what estimate he has made of the effect of the Government's policy regarding industrial development certificates on the unemployment situation in the West Midlands.

be suited to teach deaf children, and provided that they undertook to teach only in schools for the deaf or partially hearing units.

Mr. Gerry Fowler

Current arrangements enable applications from deaf candidates to be considered according to the individual circumstances of each case, but recognition as a qualified teacher is not given in respect of particular categories of children or schools and all teachers must satisfy my right hon. Friend on first employment as to their health and physical capacity for teaching generally. I do not consider on present information that there are grounds for making the changes suggested.

Mr. Ashley

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many children have been pupils at schools for the deaf during the last five years; how many of these children went on to obtain a university degree; and what were the corresponding figures for the preceding five years.

Mr. Gerry Fowler

Information about the further or higher education of hearing-impaired school leavers is not collected by the Department. On the assumption that only pupils from Mary Hare Grammar School will have proceeded direct from special school to university, the details are as follows:

Mr. Gregor Mackenzie

The recent increase in unemployment in the West Midlands is attributable to general economic factors, and not to the operation of industrial development certificate policy.

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