HC Deb 10 April 1973 vol 854 cc1118-9
10. Miss Fookes

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what proportion of polytechnic resources are being devoted to research.

Mrs. Thatcher

Complete information on the research expenditure of polytechnics is not available in the Department. About 4 per cent. of their total expenditure in 1970–71 was for scientific research.

Miss Fookes

Does my right hon. Friend agree that it would be helpful if there were more information on this matter? Does she also agree that there is a need for a radical reappraisal of the hitherto limited role allocated to research in polytechnics?

Mrs. Thatcher

On the whole, polytechnics are meant to be centres of teaching rather than of research, with sufficient research to carry out the teaching function in the best possible way. I cannot give complete figures because of the way that polytechnics are financed. As my hon. Friend knows, Committees of this House have had certain comments to make about them.