§ Mr. K. Thompson
Although some important vacancies remain unfilled, the total number of full-time teachers in technical colleges has increased from 11,400 in 1955 to 21,680 this year. This is over 3,000 more than the target recommended by the Special Committee set up in 1956. The National Advisory Council on the Training and Supply of Teachers has prepared a Report, which is to be published shortly, containing its estimate of needs for technical college teachers up to 1970. The Council is now reviewing problems of supply in the light of this Report.
§ Mr. Thompson
The Report will be published when we have had time to consider what it contains and what steps may be called for. I hope that the hon. Member will wait until then to see what the figures reveal. They are very interesting.