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Dundee College Of Education (History Department)

Volume 959: debated on Wednesday 29 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) how many representations he has received from individuals and organisations in connection with the future of the department of history at Dundee college of education;(2) what discussions he has had with representatives of Dundee college of education on the future of the department of history at that institution; and if he will make a statement on proposed plans.

My Department has suggested to the governing body of Dundee college of education that the history department—four members—and the geography department—two members— should be combined into a new social studies department. I consider that this development, which is paralleled in other colleges of education, would be educationally and managerially sound. No final decision, however, has yet been taken and I have asked my officials to discuss the matter further with the governing body.My right hon. Friend has had representations from 18 individuals, including 10 hon. Members, and five organisations.