§ 36. Mr. G. M. Thomson
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what progress is being made with the technical institute in Nairobi; and to what extent the Government of Kenya are considering the implementation of the suggestions made in the report of the working party on higher education in East Africa.
§ Mr. Iain Macleod
On the first part of the Question, work has now begun on the new technical institute building with the help of a £65,000 C.D. & W. grant.
On the second part, the East African Governments accept the recommendations of the Working Party on High Education in East Africa that there should be a University of East Africa comprising three inter-territorial university colleges, of which the reconstituted Royal Technical College will be one, and they are now studying the financial and other implications of the recommendations with a view to preparing a phased programme acceptable to all three Territories.
§ Mr. Thomson
While thanking the right hon. Gentleman for that Answer, may I ask him whether he agrees that the success of these important recommendations will depend on the generosity with which the Government make 177 grants from Colonial Development and Welfare funds?
§ Mr. Macleod
It will in part. There are many other factors as well. I hope soon to be able to announce the amount of financial provision for the Royal Technical College.