asked the Minister of Education whether it is his intention to implement, without any further delay, the recommendation of the Percy Committee, supported by the Barlow Committee, over three years ago that there should be a selected number of colleges of technology in which there should be developed technological courses comparable with those of university courses; and whether university status will be given to some of these colleges of technology.
Does my right hon. Friend endorse the view that the conferring of university status on technical colleges situated in the major industries they serve—[Horn. MEMBERS: "Order."] —and which are of approved merit, administration, and achievement——
Does not my right hon. Friend think that this type of technical colleges situated in the major industries which it serves is the quickest and most effective may to meet the current requirements of our industrial progress at the moment; and does he agree, in that regard, that Bradford stands preeminent?
Does my right hon. Friend endorse the view that, having regard to the difficulties of the building extensions in our existing universities, with the limitations of their hostel accommodation, the quicker and better way is to encourage the smaller universities?