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Immigration (Circular 7–65)

Volume 720: debated on Thursday 18 November 1965

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will now give an estimate of the additional cost which would have to be borne by local authorities if all the recom-menations in Circular 7–65 on immigration were implemented.

This would necessitate obtaining detailed information and estimates from the local education authorities concerned, and would not in my view justify the work involved.

Would the Minister not agree that the suggestion made to local authorities that they need extra teachers, and, to quote his words, additional welfare assistants, additional clerical assistance, to deal with the problem, quite apart from the recommendation dealing with additional transport facilities, imposes a very considerable additional burden on local authorities in certain areas, and is it not right that part of this burden should be borne by the Ministry?

It is correct that it provides a burden to some authorities. It varies considerably from place to place, and it is a fact that the Government, in certain circumstances, are proposing to help provide extra money for this.

Would the Minister not agree that, quite apart from the question of the circular, one of the most important aspects of this matter is the teaching of English to immigrants, and that this is a matter where public funds should not be skimped?

Pupils

Teachers {including part-time teachers at their full-time equivalent value)

Type of Secondary School

Number

Percentage of total

Number

Percentage

Modern1,555,13255·278,56752·1
Grammar718,70525·541,86127·8
Technical84,5873·04,9653·3
Bilateral and Multilateral66,1662·33,5492·3
Comprehensive239,6198·513,3648·9
Other154,8455·58,3725·6
All Secondary Schools2,819,054100·0150,678100·0

NOTE: The differences in staffing in the types of school reflect the varying proportion of pupils in Sixth Forms who are taught in smaller groups.

particularly made arrangements to improve the teacher ratio in this case, and, of course, account will be taken by the Department of the results of inquiries into things to be done.

In view of the unsatisfactory nature of the reply I shall raise the matter on the Adjournment.