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Oral Answers to Questions — Opposition Day: Higher Education (4 Jun 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I am sorry, but I want to make as brief a speech as possible because many hon. Members want to take part in the debate.

Oral Answers to Questions — Opposition Day: Higher Education (4 Jun 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: Very well, I shall give way once.

Oral Answers to Questions — Opposition Day: Higher Education (4 Jun 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I was about to deal with that.

Oral Answers to Questions — Opposition Day: Higher Education (4 Jun 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: At Preston I spoke of the need to restrain public spending if we were to abate inflation. The forecasts have come true, to that extent. The hon. Gentleman interrupted an analysis on which I had embarked. We have been through decades of relative economic failure. I am certainly not putting the blame on higher education, but there is no evidence from the last decades that rapid expansion of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Opposition Day: Higher Education (4 Jun 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: No, because I am anxious to finish my speech.

Oral Answers to Questions — Opposition Day: Higher Education (4 Jun 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I am sorry. I shall ask for the leave of the House to reply to the debate, when I shall deal with hon. Members’ questions. Several times we have suggested a switch, as the House knows. There is an increasingly pervasive indispensabil-ity, for economic success, of science and engineering in entrepreneurship, management and technical skills. Unless we prosper economically, whatever the hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Opposition Day: Higher Education (4 Jun 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: Moreover, we are proposing to accept the UGC and NAB proposals to widen the Robbins eligibility. It is true that we have emphasised the importance of the fact that institutions of higher education should take into account motivation and maturity when admitting students, but surely that would be agreed in all parts of the House as being sensible. We have not only widened eligibility, but...

Higher Education (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: With permission, Mr. Speaker, I wish to make a statement about the Green Paper published today on the future development of higher education. Copies of the Green Paper are available in the Vote Office $[Interruption.]

Higher Education (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: Copies of the Green Paper are available in the Vote Office. It covers the United Kingdom as a whole and, therefore, I am speaking with the agreement of my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. I see my colleagues from those Departments on the Government Front Bench. The purposes of the Green Paper are to present the Government's thinking on...

Higher Education (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: One of the main themes of the Jarratt report is that universities need a management structure if they are to make the best use of the large sums made available to them by the public, and that that management structure must enable the academics involved to know the options before them. When the Conservative Government came into office in 1979, we inherited a crisis from the outgoing Labour...

Higher Education (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I am grateful to my right hon. and learned Friend. Why is it that Opposition spokesmen always concentrate upon the numbers in universities, as though they despise polytechnics? As my right hon. and learned Friend has said, there are today 60,000 more students in polytechnics than there were when this Government came to office, although at the highest there has been a fall in the number of...

Higher Education (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: The Government have been presiding over the expansion to record numbers and record proportions of the age cohort of students in higher education. I think that the hon. Gentleman must be discussing another phenomenon altogether.

Higher Education (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: The Government very much hope that their aim of raising the standard in classrooms will lead to a larger proportion of school leavers being qualified to go on to higher education, if they so wish and if they have the necessary maturity and motivation. We are not assuming that will come to pass, but we very much hope that it will. If a larger proportion of the age cohort shows that it is...

Higher Education (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I very much enjoyed the right hon. Gentleman's speech in which he accused me of barbarism because I felt protected by a sense that what I was doing was entirely justified. I equally enjoyed the speech of my noble Friend the Lord Chancellor in which—after I had consulted a dictionary—I found that my noble Friend had accused the right hon. Gentleman of living in cloud-cuckoo-land. We live...

Higher Education (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I would far prefer to agree with my hon. Friend than to disagree with him, but surely he must accept that, while higher education is so largely dependent on public funds, there must be some link between the prosperity of the economy and the resources available to higher education, and that as our economy is fighting to regain profitable competitiveness in an increasingly tough world, that...

Higher Education (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: Surely the hon. Gentleman knows that, in the days when quinquennial provision was made, no Government were able to fulfil the expectations created. It is not honourable to promise more than we know we can achieve in the way of stability.

Higher Education (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: Yes, Sir. The Prime Minister had a meeting this morning, discussing that very subject, with the chairmen of 24 leading businesses in this country.

Higher Education (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: The method of applying selectivity is the responsibility of the UGC and NAB. I repeat, the Government take responsibility for the decisions of those bodies but carefully keep away from the detailed decisions that affect the allocation of funds between universities, leaving those decisions, in the case of universities, to the UGC. As for the interest of business men in contributing towards...

Higher Education (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: My hon. Friend will find in the Green Paper a reference to the predominance of, and leadership in, academic work by the universities. The Green Paper also pays tribute to the indispensable function of the polytechnics in fulfilling their role, in which, far more than the universities, they serve part-time students. The answer to my hon. Friend's question about any change of name by...

Higher Education (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I shall send the hon. Gentleman the table in which is set out the recommendations of the Visiting Committee as to what the Open University needs and the decisions that the Government have taken on those recommendations. The Government have, to a large extent. followed the proposals of the Visiting Committee to alleviate the complaints of the Open University.


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