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Volume 79: debated on Monday 20 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what sums Her Majesty's Government has allocated for in-service training in the teaching profession for the years 1979 to 1984; and what are the latest available figures for 1985–86.

Provision for the in-service training of teachers in Scotland is included in local authorities' rate support grant relevant expenditure, but is not separately identified. In addition, my right hon. Friend has recently introduced two schemes of assistance towards the expense of teachers attending approved in-service training; specific grants available under these schemes for the financial years 1984–85 and 1985–86 amounted to £720,000 and £763,000 respectively.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has any plans to introduce job sharing in the teaching profession; and if he will make a statement.