HC Deb 12 February 1942 vol 377 cc1562-3
10. Mr. Edmund Harvey

asked the Minister of Labour whether his attention has been called to the anxiety aroused in connection with the future work of the universities, in view of the latest changes in the regulations as to the calling-up of students; and whether he has been able to make provision for the continuance of at least a short course of university study, under appropriate conditions, for honours students in the faculty of arts?

Mr. Bevin

I understand that the anxiety to which my hon. Friend refers relates to the position of young men who wish to enter a University as students in the faculty of arts next October. I recognise the importance of announcing a decision at an early date, and I am in consultation with my colleagues in the Service Departments and others concerned with regard to the matter.

Mr. Harvey

Will my right hon. Friend consult with the university Members on this matter, which affects the whole future of the universities?

Professor Savory

Including the university Member from Northern Ireland?

Mr. Bevin

I am in constant touch with the universities on this matter, but, on the question of training men for special privileged positions as officers, I have also to bear in mind the position of many men in the Army who are studying to become officers from the rank and file.

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