Technical Courses

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd December 1957.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Peart Mr Thomas Peart , Workington 12:00 am, 2nd December 1957

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what have been the results of his consultations with the Minister of Education to increase the numbers of technical courses for agricultural students.

Photo of Mr Joseph Godber Mr Joseph Godber , Grantham

My right hon. Friend the Minister of Education and my right hon. Friend are awaiting the report of the committee which is reviewing the agricultural education provided by local education authorities under the chairmanship of Lord De La Warr.

Photo of Mr Thomas Peart Mr Thomas Peart , Workington

Will the Minister give an assurance that there will be no delay after the report is published, because in some areas there are inadequate facilities for technical courses for agricultural students, and already in some county areas students have to go outside at their own expense, which again causes considerable hardship?

Photo of Mr Joseph Godber Mr Joseph Godber , Grantham

Yes, Sir, but on the other hand there are vacancies in many places which we are unable to fill. It is because of these various problems that the committee was set up, and when we get its report we will look at this.

Photo of Mr Thomas Peart Mr Thomas Peart , Workington

But the hon. Gentleman must realise that in some county areas there are no places for certain courses.

Photo of Mr Joseph Godber Mr Joseph Godber , Grantham

Yes, Sir, I am fully aware of that.