HC Deb 04 November 1954 vol 532 cc569-70
3. Mr. G. M. Thomson

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what additional grants are being made by the Universities Grants Committee to Queen's College, Dundee, following the re-organisation which has recently taken place; and what new Chairs it is proposed to establish there.

The Financial Secretary to the Treasury (Mr. Henry Brooke)

Additional grants of £4,000 for the academic year 1954–55, £12,000 for 1955–56 and £20,000 for 1956–57 have been approved for the University of St. Andrew's to meet the cost of academic developments proposed by the University Court both in St. Salvator's College, St. Andrew's and in Queen's College, Dundee. Among the developments contemplated are the establishment of four new Chairs, one of which will be part-time, at Queen's College.

Mr. Thomson

While thanking the Minister for that answer, may I ask him whether he can say what proportion of the moneys will be available for development in Dundee and, in particular, whether the money to be spent in Dundee will be used to develop a faculty of social science there?

Mr. Brooke

I am afraid that I cannot say with any precision what use the University of St. Andrew's will make of the money.

Mr. Strachey

Can the hon. Gentleman assure us that consideration will be given to some of this money being used to expand the work of the School of Economics at Dundee, which has now become a part of the university?

Mr. Brooke

As the right hon. Gentleman knows, it is not for the Government to decide precisely how money allocated to the university shall be spent.

Mr. Malcolm MacPherson

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that one of the difficulties in making full use of the new facilities is presented by the number of students; and can he, or the Universities Grants Committee, do anything to increase the proportion of Scottish students at St. Andrew's, Dundee?

Mr. Brooke

That is not a question for me or the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

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