HC Deb 01 July 1948 vol 452 cc2364-5
63. Mr. K. Lindsay

asked the Minister of Education how many ex-Service men have been accepted for emergency training colleges and are still awaiting entrance.

Mr. Tomlinson

The number of ex-Service men who have been accepted but not yet offered a place in a college was 8,577 on 24th June.

Mr. Lindsay

Will my right hon. Friend now consider giving some definite ruling, because these young men have now been waiting for something like two years? Only last night two of them came to see me here. One is earning £140 a year as a temporary teacher, and the other man, with two children, has been waiting for 2½ years. They both said that if the right hon. Gentleman could give a definite ruling that it is not much good their waiting, it would save a great deal of anxiety.

Mr. Tomlinson

I am sending out a circular, pointing out the effect of our having had to increase the number of women to be taken into these colleges. In the cases which the hon. Member has mentioned, where they have been waiting for that length of time, I have no doubt a satisfactory answer can be given.