HC Deb 30 May 1962 vol 660 c1361
37. Mr. Lawson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will now give further information on the date for the commencement of building of the technical college at Motherwell.

Mr. Maclay

The position is unchanged since my reply to the hon. Member on 31st January, 1962, when the education authority's estimated date of commencement was given as February, 1964.

Mr. Lawson

Since the right hon. Gentleman is considering the introduction of compulsory day-release classes, and since Lanarkshire is inadequately equipped to handle such classes, will he do very much better than he has up to now? This college should have been started in 1960 and finished in 1963. The date he has given for the commencement is hopelessly short of the needs of the area.

Mr. Maclay

The date of starting and of completion of this project is not in my hands. I am, of course, involved, but the decision is not for me in this respect. I understand that the local education authority is proceeding with the planning stage, and I have not yet received a final submission from it. I shall continue to do all I can, but this is essentially a matter for the education authority.