HC Deb 13 February 1985 vol 73 cc191-2W
Mrs. Renée Short

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list the 13 local education authorities on which the study published by his Department entitled "Education for Unemployed Adults: Problems and Good Practice" was based; and how many adults registered as unemployed benefit claimants have enrolled on courses of further or higher education or on adult training education courses since 1981.

Mr. Brooke

Mrs. Joan McDonald's study was carried out on the basis of getting together information which would help the Department's preparations for the REPLAN initiative aimed at improving educational opportunities for the adult unemployed. The local education authorities concerned co-operated freely without any expectation that they would be identified and I do not think that it would be appropriate to name them at this stage. The statistical information requested is not collected by the Department.

It is for the LEAs to make the appropriate provision for these pupils, but there is evidence, for example from what is seen and reported on by HMI, that such provision is not always fully appropriate. In my reply to the hon. Member on 1 February at column 330 I indicated steps which are being taken to disseminate good practice.