HC Deb 28 March 1962 vol 656 cc1338-9
23. Dr. Dickson Mabon

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether the completion dates of the present technical colleges building programme will be realised; and if he will provide a table in the OFFICIAL REPORT showing the progress of each project.

Mr. Maclay

Of the Government's programme of technical college building to the value of £18 million to be started by the end of March 1964, project have beeb strated to date to the value of £13½ million. This includes projects to the value of £1 million already completed and others to the value of approximately £1½ million are expected to be completed by the end of the present year. I am circulating in the OFFICIAL REPORT tables showing estimated dates for the start and the completion of further projects which are at earlier stages.

Dr. Mabon

While it is difficult to accept all the implications of that Answer without seeing the full statement, may I ask whether the Secretary of State is, like the rest of us, rather disappointed at the progress which has been achieved under the earlier programme announced in 1956? Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that many communities, such as my own, have an interest in the present programmes and wish that they could be carried out with dispatch?

Mr. Maclay

I have been disappointed with the delays encountered concerning certain colleges, but the hon. Member will appreciate that the figure I have given for starts is not too bad. One of the major difficulties, which has arisen in the hon. Member's constituency among others, is the problem of sites.

Mr. Albu

Is the Secretary of State aware that a firm in my constituency which has a good apprenticeship record has been directed by the President of the Board of Trade to conduct its expansion in a development district and that it wishes to choose Dunbarton but finds that no facilities are available for technical education?

Actual Estimated
Starting Date Completion Date Starting Date Completion Date
Stow Colleges of Building and Printing, Glasgow. May, 1959 November, 1964
Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen (New School of Domestic Science). November,1960 August. 1963
Aberdeen Technical College February, 1961 January. 1964
Kilmarnock Technical College February, 1961 May, 1964
Ayr Technical College February, 1961 June, 1964
Barmulloch College, Glasgow March, 1961 December, 1964
Dundee Trades College June, 1961 Summer, 1963
Langside College, Glasgow August, 1961 August, 1964
Anniesland College, Glasgow February, 1962 January, 1965
Clydebank Technical College May, 1962 December,1964
Napier Technical College, Edinburgh January, 1962 Autumn, 1964
Bathgate Technical College March, 1962 November, 1963
Galashiels Technical Centre May, 1962 September, 1963
Esk Valley College, Midlothian September, 1962 July, 1965
Glasgow Nautical School November, 1963 August, 1966
Greenock Technical College Not yet available
Dundee Commercial College January, 1964 September, 1965
Reid Kerr College, Paisley May, 1960 August, 1962
Glasgow School of Art December, 1960 September, 1962
*Kirkcaldy Technical College September, 1960 June, 1966
Heriot Watt College, Edinburgh (New Department of Brewing and 1963 Applied Chemistry). August, 1960 February,
Thursc Technical College May, 1962 November, 1963
Stow College of Engineering, Glasgow. August, 1962 August, 1964
David Dale College, Glasgow August, 1962 August, 1964
Buckhaven Technical College †October, 1962 March, 1963
July, 1963 July, 1965
*Three phase totalling £1,045,100: two years each phase.
† Temporary Scheme.