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Educational Disadvantage

Volume 981: debated on Monday 17 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Wolverhampton, North-East on 5 February, if he has yet completed his consideration of the submission of the Centre for Information and Advice on Educational Disadvantage; what further representations he has had, and from whom, since then concerning the future of the centre; what evidence he has that the advice of the centre has not been used by local education authorities; and if he will make a statement.

My right hon. and learned Friend has been giving careful consideration to the document prepared by the centre and intends to make a statement about this shortly. There is no information either in the Department or in the centre's documents to show that the centre has been widely used by local authorities or has had a substantial impact on them. Since 5 February my right hon. and learned Friend has received seven letters about the centre from interested organisations.