HC Deb 05 April 1967 vol 744 cc231-2
30. Mr. James Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what expansion to colleges of education in Scotland is planned to meet the needs of men taking the three years training course for primary teachers.

Mr. Ross

To increase the number of training places in the country as a whole, 600 additional places are being provided through extensions at Callendar Park and Craigie Colleges of Education, estimated together to cost £1 million. It is not intended, however, to concentrate men in these two colleges.

Mr. Hamilton

I congratulate my right hon. Friend on his reply, but is he satisfied that we shall have sufficient primary teachers by 1970? Is he satisfied the expansion now taking place is sufficient to meet requirements?

Mr. Ross

Yes, I certainly hope that it will be. I think my hon. Friend will appreciate the move we made to enlarge the reservoir from which we can draw teachers for the three-year course. The statement I have made today is a proof of our determination so to do.