I look forward to the right hon. Gentleman's "Easter offering". In the recent statement the right hon. Gentleman made on the subject of higher education, he said that he was hoping to increase the number of places and double it in 10 years, compared with the previous plan to treble it in 12 years. Can he say what he expects to achieve in the 12-year period?
I made no statement about a 12-year period at all, and nor did the previous Government. Their target for teacher-training places and the higher one I announced went up only to the year 1973–74. The purpose of the statement which I hope to make before Easter is quite different and far more urgent—to try to get some extra teachers before 1970. That is the crux of the matter.
Would not my right hon. Friend agree that there are many people in their twenties and thirties at present in other occupations who would be pleased to join the teaching profession were it possible for added financial security to be given to them and their families during their period of training? Will my right hon. Friend look very carefully at these points and consider making proposals to help in the solution of this problem?