HC Deb 14 June 1956 vol 554 cc749-50
29. Mr. Albu

asked the Minister of Education what research is being carried out in his Department into the design and materials of construction of technical colleges.

The Minister of Education (Sir David Eccles)

My Department has recently issued a revised edition of Building Bulletin No. 5, which deals with colleges of further education. The development group is continuing its researches, and I hope shortly to be able to arrange for it to undertake, jointly with a local education authority, the design and construction of a technical college.

Mr. Albu

Whilst welcoming that reply, may I ask the right hon. Gentleman if he does not agree that now we are going in for a big programme of expansion of technical colleges, it is highly desirable that they should not be designed on the lines of municipal-classical or neo-Georgian styles but by using the excellent modern materials so well developed by the excellent architects of his Department?

Sir D. Eccles

I entirely agree, and I think it is a subject well worthy of consideration.