§ 59. Mr. Madel
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether, following the report of Her Majesty's Inspectorate on the effects of local authority expenditure policies on education provision in England 1984, he will meet local education authorities to discuss future development of in-service education and training; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Dunn
My right hon. Friend has already had preliminary discussions with representatives of the local authority associations on the Government's plans set out in the White Paper "Better Schools" (Cmnd. 9469) to introduce a new specific grant for in-service training. It is the Government's intention, through the proposed new grant arrangements, to bring about more effective planning and management of in-service training, including improved procedures for identifying teachers' needs for training and for matching those needs with suitable training activities.