§ Mr. D. E. Thomas
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what steps have been taken to train in-service Welsh-speaking teachers to teach through the medium of Welsh; and what is his policy as to the encouragement of Welsh-speaking teachers to receive in-service training in teaching through the medium of Welsh.
§ Mr. Michael Roberts
It is for local education authorities to provide for in-service training appropriate to their needs and the needs of teachers. It has been our policy to ensure that suitable courses and places are available at Trinity College, Carmarthen and Bangor normal college to meet the demand for training for Welsh-speaking teachers. In addition, under section 21 of the Education Act 1980, grants of £101,740 have been made this year to support specific proposals by local education authorities for in-service training.