HC Deb 30 January 1987 vol 109 cc407-8W
Mr. Best

asked the Secretary of State for Wales whether he has yet determined the allocations of specific grant to the local authorities in Wales for in-service teacher training in 1987–88; and what improvements he expects as a result of the new arrangements which he is introducing.

Mr. Wyn Roberts

In September 1986 the local education authorities in Wales were invited to submit details of their programmes of in-service teacher training for 1986–87. At the same time the authorities were given indicative allocations of grant ceilings against which to bid. All the authorities have submitted proposals for in-service training involving expenditure equalling or exceeding the indicative allocations. After considering these proposals, and in the light of advice from Her Majesty's inspectorate, I have decided that grant should be provided on the basis of the indicative allocation of £11.86 million aided expenditure for the scheme. I intend to confirm the allocations to each authority after regulations have been laid before Parliament and come into force.

This is a major new scheme for the professional development of teachers, leading to a more effective and properly planned system of training for the education service. The aided expenditure for 1987–88 represents and increse of 19 per cent. over the estimated expenditure on in-service training in the current year. I am pleased that local authorities have responded positively: they intend to spend £13.5 million on in-service training next year compared with £9.96 million this year. This is a major step towards ensuring that teachers' access to training will no longer depend on the part of the country in which they work.