HC Deb 29 June 1961 vol 643 cc647-8
24. Mr. Swingler

asked the Minister of Education what steps he is taking to establish a technical college in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Sir D. Eccles

The first instalment of the Newcastle-under-Lyme College of Further Education has been included in the 1962–63 building programme, at an estimated gross cost of £178,000. The schedule of accommodation was approved last December and the submission of sketch plans by the local education authority is awaited.

Mr. Swingler

Is it possible for the right hon. Gentleman to consider expanding and expediting this project? Is he aware that recent difficulties—which I am very grateful to him for helping to overcome—have illustrated the great need for more technical facilities in North Staffordshire generally? Will he therefore do everything possible to get the greatest expansion in Newcastle-under-Lyme at the earliest possible date?

Sir D. Eccles

Yes. I agree that there is this need, and I will do what I can.