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Young Persons (Education)

Volume 31: debated on Friday 12 November 1982

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asked the Prime Minister whether she is satisfied with the existing arrangements for technical and vocational education for young people; and if she will make a statement.

Growing concern about existing arrangements has been expressed over many years, not least by the National Economic Development Council. I have asked the chairman of the Manpower Services Commission, together with my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Education and Science, for Employment and for Wales, to develop a pilot scheme to start by September 1983, for new institutional arrangements for technical and vocational education for 14 to 18-year-olds, within existing financial resources, and, where possible, in association with local education authorities.