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Fircroft College, Birmingham

Volume 981: debated on Wednesday 26 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether any future grant to Fircroft college, Birmingham is conditional on the non-appointment of former members of the staff; and if he will make a statement.

No. While the former tutors have no automatic right of appointment to the academic staff posts currently being advertised by the new governing body of Fircroft college, it is, of course, open to them to apply. My right hon. and learned Friend has agreed in principle to resume grant-aid to Fircroft to open as a long-term residential college, in autumn 1980, following agreement by the new governing body that it could be run within the stringent financial limits specified. Formal confirmation of this decision is subject to our satisfaction on a number of other points.