HC Deb 29 January 1931 vol 247 cc1138-9

asked the President of the Board of Education the number of students of the Royal College of Art in the last completed college year; the number of students who received instruction in design for manufactures during the same period; and the number of students who, having completed their course in July, 1930, have since obtained employment as designers or art workers in British manufactories?


The number of full-time students at the Royal College of Art for the last completed year was 386. There were 211 students attending the school of design, but this school covers a wider field than that of preparation for employment in manufacturing industry. Of the 124 students at the college who completed their course in July last, 16 are known to have obtained industrial employment as designers or art workers.


In view of the fact that this college was founded specifically for commercial design, does not the right hon. Gentleman think that the time has come for an inquiry into the whole management of the college and for bring- ing the function of the college back to the purpose of its original institution?


I do not think that there is any demand for that. I think that the college is being carried on in a very satisfactory way.