HC Deb 26 March 1946 vol 421 cc212-3
61. Mr. Janner

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in connection with the figures which he has circulated giving the grants approved to particular universities, he will set out in each case the amount for which each university asked in its original application; and by what amount this original request was cut down by the University Grants Committee.

Mr. Dalton

No, Sir. Universities do not generally apply for definite sums as recurrent grants. They put in statements of estimated revenue and expenditure, and, in the light of these, and of the total resources at its disposal, the Committee fixes the grant.

Mr. Janner

In the light of statements which are being made, does the Chancellor regard the amount that has been allotted as being appropriate to the needs of the respective universities, and does he think the universities regard the amount allotted as being appropriate?

Mr. Dalton

This is a matter in which I am guided by the University Grants Committee, and, in their judgment, this distribution is the best that can be achieved, and Leicester University College, with which the hon. Member may be in touch, has recently expressed gratitude for the amount of the grant given to it.