Colleges of Technology

Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th November 1948.

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Photo of Mr Meredith Titterington Mr Meredith Titterington , Bradford South 12:00 am, 11th November 1948

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.

Photo of Mr George Tomlinson Mr George Tomlinson , Farnworth

A Joint Committee of the National Advisory Council on Education for Industry and Commerce and the University Grants Committee has been set up to consider questions of advanced technological education generally, and the points raised by my hon. Friend are receiving attention.

Photo of Mr Meredith Titterington Mr Meredith Titterington , Bradford South

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——

Photo of Mr Douglas Clifton Brown Mr Douglas Clifton Brown , Hexham

Long supplementaries should not be read out. That is one of our rules.

Photo of Mr Meredith Titterington Mr Meredith Titterington , Bradford South

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?

Photo of Mr George Tomlinson Mr George Tomlinson , Farnworth

It is because of the importance of these related questions that the Joint Committee has been set up.

Photo of Mr Meredith Titterington Mr Meredith Titterington , Bradford South

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?

Photo of Mr George Tomlinson Mr George Tomlinson , Farnworth

Yes, Sir, in general I would subscribe to that view.

Photo of Mr Benn Levy Mr Benn Levy , Eton and Slough

If the Minister does subscribe to that view, will he not reconsider the view on the grounds that there may be some value in retaining a differentiation which will avoid still further blurring the line of demarcation between education and trade apprenticeships?

Photo of Mr George Tomlinson Mr George Tomlinson , Farnworth

I think that if my hon. Friend will study the answer I have given, he will find that matter is catered for in it.