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Immigrant Children

Volume 955: debated on Thursday 3 August 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if the report "Cause for Concern: West Indian Pupils in Redbridge", produced by Redbridge Community Relations Council and the Black People's Progressive Association, has been drawn to her attention; and, in the light of her recent White Paper on the "West Indian Community", what plans she has for action on the needs of West Indian children.

I have seen the report and welcome it as contributing to the local consideration of an issue which is of importance nationally. The White Paper "The West Indian Community" outlined the Government's approach to the educational needs of pupils of ethnic minority groups and indicated that an independent committee of inquiry will be set up. The committee will be asked to submit an interim report on what action could be taken to remedy any weaknesses in the educational system affecting the achievement of pupils of West Indian origin.