HC Deb 04 March 1953 vol 512 c367
50. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies in view of the difficulty experienced by colonial students in accountancy and banking in securing necessary practical experience, what steps he is taking to secure this experience for students.

Mr. Lyttelton

Special arrangements have been made with the professional accountancy bodies in this country which should go some way towards meeting the difficulties experienced by accountancy students from the Colonies. Colonial students wishing to obtain practical experience in banking are best advised to enter the employment of a bank in their own territory.

Mr. Sorensen

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, although some facilities do exist and very good work has been done by his own Department in this way, there are, in fact, large numbers of students who try to get this practical experience and cannot get it? May I ask him if he could do something in order to acquaint suitable firms and businesses of the fact that these people need this experience, and that, if they opened their doors, they would be doing a great service to African students?

Mr. Lyttelton

The professional accountancy bodies are the ones chosen to carry out the objective which the hon. Member and I have in mind, but the matter is extremely complicated, and we have met with only partial success.

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