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Technical And Commercial Trading (Report)

Volume 656: debated on Thursday 29 March 1962

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will now make a further statement on the implementation of the proposals of the Keir Report on Technical and Commercial Training in Central Africa.

The Joint Working Party appointed by the sponsors of the Keir Committee is engaged in a detailed study of the financial and other implications of the Committee's recommendations and has submitted an interim Report, together with an outline plan for technical, commercial and adult education in Northern Rhodesia which is now being discussed with local educational bodies.

Can the Secretary of State for the Common Market, Home and Central Africa Department find the time to pursue this matter vigorously? It has been lying on the table for some time. Will he make urgent representations to all those involved in the Central African Federation that they should carry out a multi-racial and expansive policy of technical education?

Yes, Sir. Perhaps my previous experience in education will be of help to me in forwarding what the hon. Gentleman desires.