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One-Parent Families

Volume 929: debated on Tuesday 5 April 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what action has been taken on each of the recommendations 214 to 220 of the Finer Report on One-Parent Families.

As indicated in the reply given on 2nd March 1976 to my hon. Friend the Member for Ormskirk

financed by the Ministry of Overseas Development; self-financed; total;

(2) what is the number of full-time students estimated for each of the years 1976–77 and 1977–78 in the following categories: ( a) overseas advanced further education; financed by the Ministry of Overseas Development; self-financed; total, ( b) home non-advanced further education; self-financed; total, and ( c) overseas non-advanced further education; financed by the Ministry of Overseas Development; self-financed; total;

(3) what is the number of full-time students estimated for each of the years 1976–77 and 1977–78 in the following categories: ( a) home graduates; self-financed; total, ( b) overseas undergraduates; financed by Ministry of Overseas Development; self-financed; total, and ( c) home advanced further education; self-financed; total.

Assessments based on the recent consultations with the University Grants Committee and the local authority associations are as follows:(Mr. Kilroy-Silk) these recommendations relate to matters which are primarily the responsibilities of local education authorities, school managers and governors, and individual headteachers. My right hon. Friend has no central record of their actions on the recommendations.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what action she has taken on recommendation 184 of the Finer Report on One-Parent Families.

One of the recognised difficulties about universal day release for young people, apart from the cost, is the need for preliminary curriculum development especially related to the less academic school-leaver. The Education Departments and the Training Services Agency have mounted a programme of pilot schemes to discover what forms of vocational preparation will meet the needs of young workers and win the support of their employers. The programe is aimed at young people who leave school and enter jobs where they receive little or no further education or training: a group which includes a disproportionate number of girls.