§ Mr. Maxton
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware that the Scottish Universities Joint Board have intimated that a substantial increase in university fees in all faculties except the medical faculty shall be imposed, to take effect from the beginning of the next session; whether he was consulted before this step was taken; and whether he will consider whether the deficiencies in university income can be made good in some other way.
I have seen Press reports of the decision agreed on by the four University Courts to increase university fees in all faculties except that of Medicine. University finance, apart from a small fixed grant given under Section 16 (1) (b) of the Education (Scotland) Act of 1908, is not a matter which comes within the province of the Scottish Office and accordingly I was not consulted regarding the decision. The question of making any increase in University grants is one for my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer.