§ 9. Mr. McNamara
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on the future of the Hull School of Architecture, arising out of his discussions on the matter.
§ Mr. Fowler
Following these discussions, the local education authority is considering how it can improve the course. It will consider how the university may be able to help it, and will bear in mind the views of the R.I.B.A. As long as the course retains the recognition of the R.I.B.A. and recruits a sufficient number of students to be viable, I see no reasons why it should not continue.
§ Mr. McNamara
Is my hon. Friend aware that we are grateful for the concern that he has shown and the part that he has played in initiating the discussions, but that there is great concern that there has been no definitive statement about the immediate future of the school? Will he use his best endeavours to urge the parties concerned to make the necessary announcements?
§ Mr. Fowler
I share my hon. Friend''s concern, and he has pursued this matter with zeal. However, I am afraid that the 728 ball is firmly in the court of the local education authority, and, while I may urge it, I cannot make it take decisions. I hope that it will get on with this rapidly.