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Adult Education

Volume 23: debated on Tuesday 4 May 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will list in the Official Report those local education authorities that have increased adult education provision as a result of the increased provision for it in the rate support grant; and if he will make a statement.

The 1982–83 RSG settlement included an addition of £10 million for net expenditure on adult education compared to the Government's earlier plans. The planned total of net expenditure on adult education for 1982–83 still represents a reduction in real terms compared to local education authorities actual expenditure in 1980–81. Figures for 1981–82 are not yet available. It is for individual local education authorities to decide on their expenditure plans for adult education and it is not possible to give an indication of how many authorities intend to increase their expenditure in this area.