asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science when he expects the recommendations of the Weaver Report to be implemented; what advice he has given to local education authorities thereon; and whether he will make a statement.
The recommendations of the Report have been commended to the local authorities and voluntary bodies concerned, and all are in course of being implemented. The Education (No. 2) Act, 1968 requires that instruments and articles of government for the maintained colleges of education should be made by order of the local education authorities subject to my approval, and I have informed local authorities that their orders should be made by 1st April next. Parallel action is being taken to reconstitute the governing bodies of the voluntary colleges. I am sending my hon. Friend a copy of the circulars I have issued on this subject.