HC Deb 19 March 1957 vol 567 cc208-9
43. Mr. G. M. Thomson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he is taking to increase the number of girl students studying for the higher technological qualifications.

Mr. Maclay

It is our aim to ensure that facilities are provided for the training of all the technologists that industry needs. Existing facilities are open equally to boys and girls. We shall continue, as occasion affords, to urge parents, teachers and industry to encourage girls to train and to take up work in the applied sciences.

Mr. Thomson

Is the Secretary of State aware that this is one of the principal untapped sources of technologists? Can he say how many girls are taking higher technological courses in Scotland?

Mr. Maclay

I am afraid that I should want notice of that question on a matter of detail, but I am very well aware of the importance of the subject.

Captain Duncan

Would my right hon. Friend agree that some very notable technological advances are taking place in Dundee?

44. Mr. Grimond

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many schools for technical education are established in the Highlands.

Mr. Maclay

Five, Sir. In addition, technical courses are provided in several evening institutes, and most secondary schools have courses which include technical subjects.

Mr. Grimond

Will the Secretary of State bear in mind the immense distances, and also that courses which can be run at local schools—particularly in subjects like agriculture and fishing, which are local industries—are of immense importance? Will he try to increase the numbers available?

Mr. Maclay

I have noted very carefully what the hon. Member has said.