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Higher Technological Education

Volume 530: debated on Tuesday 20 July 1954

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the plans he has announced for development of higher technological education in Leeds and Birmingham apply only to work in the universities; or whether it also includes the upgrading of technical colleges.

The answer to the first part of the Question is "Yes" and to the second "No."

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if, arising from the developing needs of technological education, he will issue instructions to speed up financial allocations; and if he will make representation on the University Grants Committee appropriate to the needs of modern science.

If the hon. Member will look at the membership of the University Grants Committee, he will no doubt agree that the Committee is not in need of stimulation in either respect.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the financial allocation by the University Grants Committee in the field of technological training for 1953; and the estimated expenditure for 1954.

Recurrent expenditure on technological education is financed from recurrent grants notified to Universities from the funds put at the disposal of the University Grants Committee at the beginning of the present quinquennium (1952–57). These grants are applicable to university expenditure generally and are not allocated to particular fields of study.The recommendations which I have received from the University Grants Committee for developments in higher technological education will necessitate some increase in the resources at the disposal of the Committee, but, as indicated in my statement of 13th July, I am still considering the timing of these developments.As regards capital expenditure, a considerable constructional programme is being carried out with the assistance of non-recurrent grants to improve and enlarge the accommodation at Universities for technological work. The cost, exclusive of fees and equipment, of the new buildings for these studies which are being started in 1953 and 1954 is estimated at approximately £2·7 million, most of which will be met by grant. Further extensions to this programme are under consideration.