HC Deb 24 March 1964 vol 692 c227
6. Mr. Swingler

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what contributions will be made by the United Kingdom towards the establishment of universities in Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland.

Mr. Hornby

We have helped the Governments concerned with their preliminary planning in this field but we have not yet been asked for further assistance.

Mr. Swingler

No doubt, the hon. Gentleman will be asked when the time comes when a specific project is put forward. May we take it that the Government's attitude will be at least as generous as in the contribution made to the University of Salisbury when that was established?

Mr. Hornby

I can tell the hon. Gentleman that we are naturally sorry that the two Governments concerned have not wished to continue their association with University College. We are anxious to help them all we can with the formation of their higher education policy, but it is not possible at this stage to go into figures, as the hon. Gentleman asked.

Mr. G. M. Thomson

While not standing in the way of development of higher educational facilities in the two territories concerned, may I ask whether the Government would make one last effort to try to persuade all countries in the area to participate in carrying on the university at Salisbury, which will be needed by all of them, apart from developments in each territory?

Mr. Hornby

I am sure that we would all share the hope expressed by the hon. Gentleman.

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