HC Deb 22 March 1951 vol 485 cc2559-60
14. Mr. George Craddock

asked the Minister of Education if, in view of the adverse criticism in the national and technical Press and elsewhere of the recommendations of the Report of the National Advisory Council on the Future Development of Higher Technological Education, he will publish the comments which, in response to his invitation in the foreword, he has received on the Report.

Mr. Hardman

No, Sir.

Mr. R. A. Butler

Will the hon. Gentleman not reconsider that decision? Is he not aware that the comment on and criticism of the proposals of this Report is very widespread, especially among professional bodies; and in view of the desire of all concerned to reach the right conclusion, will he not reconsider that decision?

Mr. Hardman

I would ask the right hon. Gentleman to await the debate upon this subject which begins in this House at two o'clock today.

Mr. Butler

Is the hon. Gentleman not aware that that debate will be of a very limited character and for a very short time, and that it seems unlikely that all points of view can be put today; is he also aware that when the final decision is made we should be most obliged if we could have this information?

Mr. Hardman


Mr. George Craddock

In view of the importance of technological training, especially in our highly organised industrial cities, will the Minister give further consideration to this matter?

Mr. Hardman

As I have said there will be a debate on this subject later today.