HC Deb 24 November 1938 vol 341 cc1967-9W
Mr. Hopkin

asked the Prime Minister what steps will be taken to provide accommodation for secondary education in the Sudan when the proposals for converting Gordon College into a centre of higher education are put into effect?

value of exports to Eire from Great Britain and from Northern Ireland, respectively, for the months June to October, inclusive, in the years 1937 and 1938?

Sir R. Ross

asked the President of the Board of Trade what is the value of imports from Eire to Great Britain and to Northern Ireland, respectively, for the months of June to October, inclusive, in the years 1937 and 1938?

Mr. R. S. Hudson

Separate particulars of the trade of Great Britain and Northern Ireland cannot be furnished from the trade returns of the United Kingdom, but the following table shows the total declared value of merchandise imported into and exported from Eire in trade with Great Britain and Northern Ireland, respectively, during the undermentioned periods as published in the official trade returns of Eire.

Mr. Butler

In accordance with the recommendations of Lord De La Warr's Commission, accepted by the Sudan Government and by the governing body of the Gordon Memorial College, secondary schooling is to be transferred from the building of the Gordon College, in order that this may become the central building of an institution for post-secondary education developments towards university college status. It is hoped to transfer part of the secondary school in 1940 to a new site outside the capital and the remainder in 1941 to a provincial site still to be determined.

Mr. Hopkin

asked the Prime Minister whether he can make any statement on the proposals for carrying out the recommendations of the Educational Commission on Educational Development in the Sudan, including the university college at Khartoum; and from what sources the necessary finances will be found?

Mr. Butler

A comprehensive programme for educational expansion and reform based primarily on recommendations contained in the report of Lord De La Warr's Commission and in that of Ali Bey El Garem has been accepted in outline by the Governor-General's Council and is being embarked upon forthwith. The programme, which will be spread over the next eight years and cover the whole educational field, envisages capital expenditure of about half a million pounds and raises recurring expenditure on education, which was approximately £150,000 in 1936, to approximately £300,000 in 1946. The funds are to be found by the Sudan Government.