HC Deb 19 December 1963 vol 686 c1417
14. Mr. Boyden

asked the Minister of Education how many day training colleges were established in 1963; and how many are planned for 1964 and 1965.

Sir E. Boyle

Four more day training colleges were established in 1963 and another is to open early in 1964, making 13 in all. I do not rule out the possibility of some addition to this number. But current expansion plans involve a very substantial increase in the numbers of day students in the training colleges generally.

Mr. Boyden

Ought not the Minister to look at this again? Is there not a case for having some more day training colleges, if only on a temporary basis, in order to achieve much further recruitment among older students?

Sir E. Boyle

I will certainly consider it again and also any other points which the hon. Gentleman would care to put to me. It ought, however, to be remembered that there are more than 10,000 day students in the colleges today compared with 7,000 a year ago, so that the number has gone up substantially. I recognise that we should not close our minds to this.