Advisory Council (Technical Colleges)

Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22 March 1945.

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Photo of Mr Valentine McEntee Mr Valentine McEntee , Walthamstow West 12:00, 22 March 1945

asked the Minister of Education why, in setting up the central advisory councils for England and Wales under the Education Act, he has not included any representative of technical education; and will he repair this omission by the appointment of direct representatives of the technical colleges on the councils.

Photo of Mr R.A. Butler Mr R.A. Butler , Saffron Walden

While neither of the Central Advisory Councils far Education appointed under Section 4 of the Education Act includes representatives of the technical colleges, the hon. Member will observe that on the English Council there is representation of industrial and scientific interests and experience. The problems associated with technical education are such that I have decided it is necesary to remit them to the consideration of committees appointed for the purpose, as, for example, the committee now sitting under the chairmanship of Lord Eustace Percy, on which the technical colleges are fully represented. In the case of Wales there are already in existence two Advisory Councils for technical education for North and South Wales respectively.