Lady Grant of Monymusk: Strathclyde University is separately considered. I have said that at present the value of work under construction is £14·7 million. Rather more than this amount is planned for the next few years. This should take full account of the numbers needed up to 1970, after which further provision will be needed.
Lady Grant of Monymusk: I am never satisfied with the increase. I have given the figures of part-time day students, but I think that they are increasing fairly satisfactorily.
Lady Grant of Monymusk: As far as I am aware, there is no shortage of places in technical colleges. The delays, happily, do not seem to have an effect on the accommodation available.
Lady Grant of Monymusk: Between session 1958–59 and session 1962–63 the number of full-time students in colleges of further education increased by 34·s8 per cent.
Lady Grant of Monymusk: There was a Question on the Order Paper about the curricula in the schools. Several syllabuses are being revised to take account of these matters.
Lady Grant of Monymusk: In 1962–63 the total of full-time students was 16,274.
Lady Grant of Monymusk: The pattern of major growth in the area has yet to be determined, but, when the need for new school places is established, my right hon. Friend will take it into account in making allocations of capital investment for school building.
Lady Grant of Monymusk: I have no reason to think that the education authority cannot cope. There is a new Roman Catholic secondary school under construction at a cost of £503,000, and there is also the Irvine Royal Academy due to start at a cost of £700,000.
Lady Grant of Monymusk: I appreciate the hon. Gentleman's invitation. Perhaps we can discuss it at some time. The hon. Gentleman will be aware that, when the secondary schools are completed, accommodation will be released for primary schools. Therefore, the situation will then be very much better.
Lady Grant of Monymusk: I said in my original reply that we have not yet entirely assessed school needs in the area as a growth point. A detailed technical assessment is being made, and when the report comes we shall know more accurately what is required.
Lady Grant of Monymusk: In 1963 over 5,000 people asked for information about the special recruitment scheme. Of these 1,539 applied, 1,518 were interviewed and 951 were accepted. In session 1963–64 500 men and 429 women were admitted to training or study under the scheme.
Lady Grant of Monymusk: The reason for the difference between those who applied and those who asked for information cannot be accurately assessed. The scheme is well publicised and the grants are adequate. If the hon. Member would like it, I will send him the explanatory leaflet.
Lady Grant of Monymusk: A married man with two children and no income would get free tuition and a grant of about £10 a week. I do not think that that is unreasonable.
Lady Grant of Monymusk: In the period 1939–63, the House of Lords gave judgments in 184 appeals from the Court of Session. In 78 of these cases the judgment of the Court of Session was reversed. The answer to the second part of the Question is, "No, Sir."
Lady Grant of Monymusk: I understand that the present position has obtained since the Union, and there has been no widespread demand that it should be altered.
Lady Grant of Monymusk: I think that Scots law is well represented in the House of Lords as at present constituted. On the suggestion that the Law Lords should go to Edinburgh, it would be very difficult to separate the judicial and legislative functions of the House in this way.
Lady Grant of Monymusk: The number of Scottish appeals heard each year from 1961 to 1963 was nine, four and seven. I do not consider that excessive. As I said earlier, Scottish law is well represented in the House of Lords.
Lady Grant of Monymusk: I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Education and Science on 17th July to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles (Commander Donaldson).
Lady Grant of Monymusk: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his generous correction of what I am sure was a genuine mistake, On the question of the date, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland is constantly in touch with my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Education and Science.
Lady Grant of Monymusk: Any question concerning the manner in which the announcement was made should be addressed to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State. One could not go into detail by question and answer on the various matters which were taken into consideration by the University Grants Committee, but I am certain that the Committee took a great deal of trouble to examine the claims of all seven sites, six...