Apart from the references made to this subject in the debate on 7th November, my right hon. Friend has received letters from the right hon. Member for East Stirlingshire (Mr. Woodburn), my hon. Friend the Member for Ayr (Sir T. Moore), the hon. Member for Stirling and Falkirk Burghs (Mr. Malcolm MacPherson), the hon. and learned Member for Aberdeen, North (Mr. Hector Hughes), the Editor of the Glasgow Herald, the Campaign Committee for the Proposed University of East Stirlingshire, the Royal Burgh of Dumfries, and the Royal Burgh of Inverness.
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the recent Report of the University Grants Committee has indicated that by the mid 1960s there ought to be between 170,000 and 175,000 places in British universities? In view of the great activity going on in England in the establishment of new universities, of the fact that applications for more universities are being encouraged, and of the approaches in Scotland which the hon. Gentleman has just announced, what steps is he taking to impress Scotland's needs on the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the University Grants Committee?
As a result of the persuasive letter which my hon. Friend received from the hon. Member for Ayr, will he bear in mind that Ayr is peculiarly well suited in every way for the university when it has been finally approved?
On a point of order. In view of the unsatisfactory nature of the reply, I beg to give notice that I shall raise this matter on the Adjournment at the earliest opportunity.