HC Deb 28 July 1960 vol 627 cc1851-2
28. Mr. Boyden

asked the Minister of Education if he is now able to announce the establishment of additional day training colleges in London, Tyneside, Teesside, Birmingham, South Wales and similar areas with large concentrations of population and good travelling facilities.

Sir D. Eccles

Five day training colleges will be in service by January, 1961. I have just approved the establishment of a sixth in Wolverhampton and am considering specific proposals for a seventh in central London, both to open during 1961. The establishment of a further college on Tyneside depends upon finding suitable premises. In the other areas mentioned existing colleges rather than separate day colleges should meet the needs of day students.

Mr. Boyden

Is there not a very strong case for day training colleges in every area of heavy population? In view of the experience of Leeds where 1,000 students came forward for 75 places, could not the right hon. Gentleman make an effort to cover the whole country with this form of training?

Sir D. Eccles

Either we need a day training college, or we can provide places in existing colleges. We are moving forward as fast as we can.

Mr. Chetwynd

Can the Minister say which existing training college meets the needs of Tees-side? Would not this be an admirable place for a day college?

Sir D. Eccles

Although the population of Tees-side is growing, I am not sure that there are enough potential students for a separate college.