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Scottish Universities (Royal Commission)

Volume 718: debated on Wednesday 3 November 1965

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will advise the appointment of a Royal Commission on the Scottish universities.

As it would appear that the Government have accepted the proposals of the establishment of the Scottish universities that the 1889 University Act should be amended, as opposed to the proposal and recommendation of the Robbins Committee that that Act should be repealed, would not it be of great advantage to have such a Royal Commission so that there could be a full examination of the internal government of the traditional universities, and the innovation of new fields of study?

I do not think that the problem which my hon. Friend has mentioned is something which merits a Royal Commission.