Technical Colleges

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17 November 1965.

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Photo of Mr Hector Monro Mr Hector Monro , Dumfriesshire 12:00, 17 November 1965

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland to what extent the programmes in Scotland of building and extending technical colleges has been postponed or reduced by the Government' economic measures this year.

Photo of Mrs Judith Hart Mrs Judith Hart , Lanark

The following two new further education colleges have been deferred for six months and will now start next spring: Telford District College, Edinburgh; Esk Valley Technical College, Midlothian.

Photo of Mr Hector Monro Mr Hector Monro , Dumfriesshire

Is the hon. Lady aware that any postponement of technical education in Scotland could have a serious effect on industry in the years to come?

Photo of Mrs Judith Hart Mrs Judith Hart , Lanark

Yes, of course. But the point is that we think—in fact, we are quite certain—that the effect can be minimised, because the buildings can be partially occupied as they are completed. We are quite satisfied that there will be no serious repercussions from the delaying of these two projects.

Mr. Edward M. Taylor:

Would the hon. Lady care to convey those comments to the Secretary of State for Economic Affairs who, in the debate on the National Plan, advised the House that Scotland was unaffected by the credit squeeze and cuts?

Photo of Mrs Judith Hart Mrs Judith Hart , Lanark

As the hon. Gentleman knows perfectly well, Scotland is relatively unaffected. Indeed, most of Scotland is protected under the present Government against the kind of thing that happened under the last Government because of our recognition of the needs of areas of unemployment.