HC Deb 19 July 1923 vol 166 cc2489-90
57. Mr. LEACH

asked the President of the Board of Education, if he is aware that since the introduction of the Pharmaceutical Society's new regulations, 1920, no technical college under his Board will be recognised for any course in pharmacy, and that at least two publicly-maintained institutions in Yorkshire, which have for many years provided very efficient courses, are not now upon the list of institutions recognised by the society; if he is aware that the only institution for the training of pharmacy in Yorkshire is a private school in Leeds, the principal of which is the Vice-President of the Pharmaceutical Society itself; and if, in view of the fact that public money has already been spent on the provision of facilities for the training of pharmacy students in institutions such as the technical college, Bradford, he will take steps to ensure that such publicly-supported facilities are used to the full?


As the answer is a lengthy one, I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the answer:

The statement in the first part of the question is not quite accurate. Many technical colleges, including the two Yorkshire colleges referred to, have been approved by the Pharmaceutical Society for the purposes of Part I of their qualifying examination; and eight of the institutions in England and Wales which are approved for the purposes of Part II are technical colleges. I am aware that two colleges in Yorkshire, which have provided instruction in the subjects taken in Part II, are not approved for the purposes of that Part under the new regulations of the society; and I have no reason to question the hon. Member's statement concerning the one institution in Yorkshire which the society has approved for that purpose. With regard to the last part of the question, I have no authority to interfere with the discretion of the society in the choice of the institutions in which they will approve courses in preparation for membership of their own body.