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Colleges (Expenditure)

Volume 986: debated on Friday 20 June 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations he has received from the Council of Local Education Authorities regarding spending in educational and technical colleges.

I have recently received a submission from the Council of Local Education Authorities on the government of further education colleges, an annex to which refers amongst other things to overspending by some colleges. I am currently considering the submission as a whole and shall shortly be discussing it with representatives of the local authorities.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will place a copy in the Library of the report sent to him by the Council of Local Education Authorities concerning spending in colleges.

As explained in my reply today to my hon. Friend, the reference which he probably has in mind forms part of a communication on a broader subject which is to be the subject of further discussion with the Council of Local Education Authorities. It is not for me to make this document public at this stage.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will set up an inquiry into overspending and squandering of public money by local educational colleges.