HC Deb 02 February 1939 vol 343 c373
61. Mr. Annesley Somerville

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education whether he has considered the report from the Association of British Chambers of Commerce on commercial employment of students, with degrees in commerce, showing why no increase in the small number of graduates now employed in commerce will be possible unless the curriculum is altered; and will he ask university authorities and heads of public and state-supported schools to examine the recommendations in the report, with the object of enabling various branches of British commerce to benefit by the work of a large proportion of university graduates when more suitably educated?

Mr. Lindsay

The report in question has been forwarded by the Association of British Chambers of Commerce to my Noble Friend who is fully alive to the importance of the questions discussed, though degree courses fall outside the administrative purview of the Board of Education. I understand that the Association have already arranged for the circulation of the report, and in particular have brought it to the notice of the universities which, of course, are the bodies primarily concerned.