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Technical Colleges (Building Programme)

Volume 656: debated on Wednesday 28 March 1962

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether the completion dates of the present technical colleges building programme will be realised; and if he will provide a table in the OFFICIAL REPORT showing the progress of each project.

Of the Government's programme of technical college building to the value of £18 million to be started by the end of March 1964, project have beeb strated to date to the value of £13½ million. This includes projects to the value of £1 million already completed and others to the value of approximately £1½ million are expected to be completed by the end of the present year. I am circulating in the OFFICIAL REPORT tables showing estimated dates for the start and the completion of further projects which are at earlier stages.

While it is difficult to accept all the implications of that Answer without seeing the full statement, may I ask whether the Secretary of State is, like the rest of us, rather disappointed at the progress which has been achieved under the earlier programme announced in 1956? Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that many communities, such as my own, have an interest in the present programmes and wish that they could be carried out with dispatch?

I have been disappointed with the delays encountered concerning certain colleges, but the hon. Member will appreciate that the figure I have given for starts is not too bad. One of the major difficulties, which has arisen in the hon. Member's constituency among others, is the problem of sites.

Is the Secretary of State aware that a firm in my constituency which has a good apprenticeship record has been directed by the President of the Board of Trade to conduct its expansion in a development district and that it wishes to choose Dunbarton but finds that no facilities are available for technical education?

Starting DateCompletion DateStarting DateCompletion Date
Stow Colleges of Building and Printing, Glasgow.May, 1959November, 1964
Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen (New School of Domestic Science).November,1960August. 1963
Aberdeen Technical CollegeFebruary, 1961January. 1964
Kilmarnock Technical CollegeFebruary, 1961May, 1964
Ayr Technical CollegeFebruary, 1961June, 1964
Barmulloch College, GlasgowMarch, 1961December, 1964
Dundee Trades CollegeJune, 1961Summer, 1963
Langside College, GlasgowAugust, 1961August, 1964
Anniesland College, GlasgowFebruary, 1962January, 1965
Clydebank Technical CollegeMay, 1962December,1964
Napier Technical College, EdinburghJanuary, 1962Autumn, 1964
Bathgate Technical CollegeMarch, 1962November, 1963
Galashiels Technical CentreMay, 1962September, 1963
Esk Valley College, MidlothianSeptember, 1962July, 1965
Glasgow Nautical SchoolNovember, 1963August, 1966
Greenock Technical CollegeNot yet available
Dundee Commercial CollegeJanuary, 1964September, 1965
Reid Kerr College, PaisleyMay, 1960August, 1962
Glasgow School of ArtDecember, 1960September, 1962

*Kirkcaldy Technical College

September, 1960June, 1966
Heriot Watt College, Edinburgh (New Department of Brewing and 1963 Applied Chemistry).August, 1960February,
Thursc Technical CollegeMay, 1962November, 1963
Stow College of Engineering, Glasgow.August, 1962August, 1964
David Dale College, GlasgowAugust, 1962August, 1964
Buckhaven Technical College†October, 1962March, 1963
July, 1963 July, 1965

*Three phase totalling £1,045,100: two years each phase.

† Temporary Scheme.