HC Deb 09 April 1970 vol 799 c740
32. Mr. Silvester

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the amount of the capital programme for polytechnics and universities, shown separately, for each of the years 1969–70 to 1972–73.

Mr. Fowler

The present estimated values of major capital projects started or expected to start at polytechnics or colleges proposed to form part of polytechnics are for 1969–70, £8.4 million and for 1970–71, £.6.4 million. The corresponding figures for universities in England and Wales are £25.1 million, and £24.2 million, and for 1971–72 £18.6 million. Figures for the remaining years have not yet been settled.

Mr. Silvester

In view of their peculiar relevance to the present needs of higher education, would the hon. Gentleman not agree that there is much to be said for increasing the emphasis on polytechnic growth rather than university growth over the next decade?

Mr. Fowler

That is a very interesting point of view and one of the factors which we shall take into account during our planning exercise this year.