HC Deb 23 July 1970 vol 804 c739
26. Mr. Judd

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether she will issue a circular to local authorities giving guidance to them on their policy towards financial grants by them to universities.

Mr. van Straubenzee

No, Sir. This is best left to the judgment of the local authorities.

Mr. Judd

Whatever may be the eccentric excesses of an unrepresentative minority of the student community, does not the hon. Gentleman agree that it is totally ill advised for ill-informed local authorities crudely to try to tie political strings to the financial support which they give to universities?

Mr. van Straubenzee

The hon. Gentleman knows that I share his concern at the link between local authorities and the university or other institutions in their area, but I do insist that this is a matter for their decision.