Orders of the Day — Education (Capital Projects)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd August 1965.

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Photo of Mr William Hamling Mr William Hamling , Woolwich West 12:00 am, 3rd August 1965

I will not give way. I am in the middle of giving some figures. I will give way when I have finished my sentence. The hon. Gentleman knows that I will give way; I have given way twice already.

As I have said, expenditure on further education is up by 46 per cent. Expenditure on universities has increased by exactly 100 per cent. since 1962–63. Does that sound like a Government which are economising on education?

If we look generally at expenditure on capital projects by the Government, the increases are substantial, notwithstanding that ever since we came to power we have been facing an economic crisis. It does not lie in the mouths of the Opposition to criticise Her Majesty's Government on this point tonight.