§ 14. Mr. Evelyn King
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will increase the grants to the University Grants Committee in order that university teachers of improved calibre may be secured.
§ Mr. Edward Short
There is a standing reference of university academic salaries to the National Board for Prices and Incomes. In the meantime, I have no reason to suppose that the universities are not attracting their fair share of the best talent.
§ Mr. King
Do not the standards of a minority of university teachers, whether 794 judged in terms of stability or even loyalty to the institution they serve, sometimes fall below what is tolerable? Is not this unfair to students? Will the right hon. Gentleman consider initiating a study of the demand for university teachers and their supply?
§ Mr. Jennings
As a small section of university staffs have taken an active part in recent student discontent, would the right hon. Gentleman be prepared to institute a full inquiry into the relationships between students, university staff and university authorities?
§ Mr. Short
I am not prepared to institute any such inquiry. I take a very poor view of university staffs allying themselves with illegal action. But, having said that, I think that it is high time the universities put their houses in order as well and gave their undergraduates and junior staffs some say in running the universities. If the universities are to maintain the concept of a self-governing body of scholars, they cannot have second-rate citizens in their community. They must give the junior staff and students a share in the decision-making of all their bodies.