I move amendment No. 29:
In page 18, between lines 32 and 33, to insert the following:
"19. —Pending the next Elections to the Councils of the counties, the following arrangements shall apply in relation to Vocational Education Committees:".
The Bill proposes that the two existing vocational education committees, the County Dublin Vocational Education Committee and the Borough of Dún Laoghaire Vocational Education Committee, will remain in existence after this legislation is passed and that their writ will run in their traditional areas, that is over the areas for which Dublin County Council and Dún Laoghaire Borough Corporation were responsible. I propose that this arrangement should apply only until the next local elections and that three vocational education committees should then be established to correspond to the three county councils. Otherwise the position will be anomalous and these three county councils will be the only county councils in the country which will not have the right to appoint a vocational education committee. Such committees will exist, based on the old areas.
I am aware consideration is being given to what will emerge from the White Paper on education. We do not yet know whether, as a result of the proposed education Bill, vocational education committees will still exist or be replaced by some other type of local education body. We cannot presume the White Paper or an education Bill will contain provisions in relation to this, we cannot presume what they will contain. We do not know if an education Bill will be enacted by the time of the next local elections.
It is prudent to make provision in this legislation for the existing educational legislation, that is the 1930 vocational education committee Act. It makes sense, and was recommended to the Minister by the deputations he received, that the arrangements he proposes should apply until the next local elections. The Bill should provide for the appointment of three separate vocational education committees after these elections.