HC Deb 19 January 1982 vol 16 cc121-2W
30. Mr. Greenway

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on his policy towards adult education.

Mr. William Shelton

We await the report commissioned from the advisory council for adult and continuing education on the policies and priorities necessary to form a coherent framework for the development of this increasingly important area of education. In the meantime, we have referred frequently in this House, most recently on 23 December 1981, to the importance we attach to maintaining and, where possible improving opportunities for adults to further their education within current expenditure constraints, and in particular to meeting the needs of the educationally and socially disadvantaged in respect of literacy, numeracy, and related basic skills.