Council for National Academic Awards (Cost)

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th March 1969.

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Photo of Mr Frank Hooley Mr Frank Hooley , Sheffield, Heeley 12:00 am, 6th March 1969

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the annual recurrent cost of the Council for National Academic Awards; and how much of this is met by students' fees.

Photo of Mrs Shirley Williams Mrs Shirley Williams , Hitchin

I understand that in the last financial year the Council's total expenditure was £80,500, of which £52,000 was met by students' fees.

Photo of Mr Frank Hooley Mr Frank Hooley , Sheffield, Heeley

Does my hon. Friend agree that the council is doing an extremely valuable job and is training the undergraduate equivalent of two full-time universities? What co-operation is there between the council and those responsible for organising the open university?

Photo of Mrs Shirley Williams Mrs Shirley Williams , Hitchin

In answering the first part of my hon. Friend's supplementary question, I should like to thank him for his encouragement, which will be appreciated by the C.N.A.A. It would be helpful if the House paid more attention to this fast-growing sphere of further education. To answer the second part, I should be grateful if my hon. Friend would table a Question because I should like to give him a full Answer, which I cannot do at present.