HC Deb 13 February 1973 vol 850 cc1131-2
19. Mr. Golding

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether she will approve the establishment at polytechnics of courses leading to Council for National Academic Awards post-graduate diplomas in industrial relations and trade union studies separate from management courses.

Mrs. Thatcher

Proposals for new courses are considered on their merits, but I must have regard to existing provision.

Mr. Golding

is the right hon. Lady aware that it is most important that courses in trade union studies should remain in the social studies departments of polytechnics? Is she further aware that it is important that courses in trade union studies should not be put into management departments and treated as subsidiary sections in those departments?

Mrs. Thatcher

One of the problems is that, while a large body of opinion may now accept that those studies should be separate from management studies, many people hold the view that they should be an integral part of management studies.