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Technical Colleges And Schools

Volume 649: debated on Thursday 16 November 1961

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asked the Minister of Education how many technical colleges and schools there are in Great Britain; what is the number of students attending them; how many are in course of construction; and how many are planned.

As the Answer contains a number of figures, I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Has the right hon. Gentleman any hope to give to the House that we shall catch up on the present serious leeway we have lost to other countries? I think I am right in saying that we have about one-third of the number of full-time technical students which France has. Is the right hon. Gentleman's programme designed

GRANT-AIDED MAJOR ESTABLISHMENTS OF FURTHER EDUCATION
England and WalesScotlandTotal
Number of establishments76192853
Number of students attending these establishments in the 1959–60 session:—
(a) Full-time112,76812,549125,317
(b) Sandwich10,038

*

10,038
(c) Part-time501,00335,609536,612
(d) Evening784,58452,696837,280
Number of projects included in major further education building programmes where construction is in progress12618144
Number of projects approved under further education building programmes up to and including 1962–63 on which work has not yet started21725242

* No separate figures in respect of sandwich students are available for Scotland. Few such courses are now available and virtually all students are attending three-term full-time courses.

SECONDARY TECHNICAL SCHOOLS: ENGLAND AND WALES*
(a) Maintained secondary technical schools232
(b) Direct grant secondary technical schools5
Total237
Number of students at (a) at January, 196197,039
Number of students at (b) at January, 1961838
Total97,877

* There are no comparable schools in Scotland, where technical education forms part of the general secondary curriculum.