Proposed Technical Colleges, Ayrshire

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st January 1958.

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Photo of Mr William Ross Mr William Ross , Kilmarnock 12:00 am, 21st January 1958

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the promised provision of two technical colleges in Ayrshire.

Photo of Mr Niall Macpherson Mr Niall Macpherson , Dumfriesshire

Since my right hon. Friend's Answer to the hon. Member's Question of 30th July last discussions have continued between the authority and my Department on various points relating to the proposed colleges at Ayr and Kilmarnock, and a public inquiry has been held regarding the compulsory acquisition of the selected site for the Kilmarnock College. My right hon. Friend is awaiting the report of the Commissioner whom he appointed to hold this inquiry.

Photo of Mr William Ross Mr William Ross , Kilmarnock

May we have more detailed information in relation to the date of starting Ayr College, and will the hon. Gentleman express an opinion with regard to the obstruction being met with as a result of the attitude of Lord Howard de Walden in respect of Kilmarnock College?

Photo of Mr Niall Macpherson Mr Niall Macpherson , Dumfriesshire

Discussions are going on about the accommodation of Kilmarnock College. So far as the accommodation in Ayr College is concerned, agreements have been reached and proposals will shortly be going before the appropriate committee of the education authority.

Photo of Mr Emrys Hughes Mr Emrys Hughes , South Ayrshire

Is it a fact that Lord Howard de Walden has been holding up a very necessary scheme for technical education and would the hon. Gentleman say what would happen to Lord Howard de Walden if he were in the Soviet Union?

Photo of Mr Niall Macpherson Mr Niall Macpherson , Dumfriesshire

The last part of the supplementary question appears to be hypothetical. With regard to the first part, I do not think that it arises, because discussions on the accommodation to be provided are still going on.