HC Deb 10 November 1966 vol 735 cc1524-5
30. Mr. Dobson

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what consideration he has given to the scheme for the proposed Bristol Polytechnic: what site is being proposed; and when building will commence.

Mr. Crosland

I shall not be in a position to invite local education authorities to submit schemes for establishing polytechnics until I have had the advice of all the regional advisory councils.

Mr. Dobson

Can my right hon. Friend not do something to hasten this matter? We in Bristol are very conscious of the need for expanding the polytechnic type of education which is at present so lacking.

Mr. Crosland

I hope to have had the advice of all regional advisory councils by the end of the month. When I have it, I shall hope to announce the preliminary list of polytechnics as soon as possible. The Bristol scheme has been welcomed both locally and in the region as a whole, and, as my hon. Friend knows, some informal discussions have already taken place.