HC Deb 14 February 1992 vol 203 cc647-8W
Mr. Andrew Smith

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will state, in relation to his Department's survey of local education authority expenditure on adult education(a) how many authorities were contacted, (b) the names of the authorities, (c) the level of expenditure on further and adult education in each case, with the averages for the sample, (d) the level of expenditure identifiable as relating to adult education, with the average for the sample and (e) the definition of further and adult education employed; and if he will deposit the survey in the Library.

Mr. Eggar

The Department's survey related to all expenditure on further education colleges and adult education centres in the financial year 1989–90. It asked LEAs to divide this expenditure between education of the type set out in schedule 2 to the Further and Higher Education Bill[Lords] and other education. It was addressed to all LEAs in England except those in Inner London, which were not in existence in 1989–90, but were sent a copy of the survey for information. Responses have been received from over 70 LEAs but a consultant has been employed to seek out further responses and to examine the position in Inner London. The consultant's report is expected towards the end of this month and I will deposit a copy in the Library. However, it is not the practice to disclose individual responses to Government surveys.