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Further And Higher Education

Volume 929: debated on Thursday 7 April 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will make additional provision for the further education colleges which have merged with colleges of education in order that they can reach a standard appropriate to the needs of diversifying institutions of higher education.

Percentage of gross national product at market prices
United Kingdom5·95·96·0‡····
United States of America6·5*6·86·56·76·6
Germany (Federal Republic)4·04·54·04·1··
·· Not available on an internationally comparable basis.
* Shown as provisional in published sources.
† Expenditure of Ministry of Education only.
‡ Based upon returns sent to UNESCO but not yet published.

It is one of the objects of mergers of this kind that the new institution should draw to the fullest extent on the existing resources of the constituent colleges. My right hon Friend will consider on their merits proposals from local education authorities for any additional provision which is subject to her control including major capital expenditure and the introduction of new courses. The day to day running of colleges and their staffing are matters for the governors and the local education authority concerned.