State Scholarships

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th July 1959.

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Photo of Mr George Thomson Mr George Thomson , Dundee East 12:00 am, 28th July 1959

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will consider the experimental award of a number of State scholarships to young people about to leave junior and senior secondary schools to undertake voluntary special service in the underdeveloped areas of the Commonwealth.

Photo of Hon. John Maclay Hon. John Maclay , Renfrewshire West

I am sorry that I cannot accept this suggestion. The present arrangement seems more appropriate, whereby finance is provided from funds obtained by the organisation itself, with some assistance from the areas in which the service is given.

Photo of Mr George Thomson Mr George Thomson , Dundee East

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Labour Party is considering a proposal for adventure scholarships to be offered to young people who may not qualify for more academic awards? Is he tempted to give bipartisan support to this imaginative proposal?

Photo of Hon. John Maclay Hon. John Maclay , Renfrewshire West

I am always astonished by some of the things which hon. Members opposite study.