HC Deb 22 June 1961 vol 642 cc159-60W
82. Mr. Willey

asked the Minister of Education what factors have prevented the achievement of the Government's aim regarding the increase in the number of students released by their employers during the day and expressed in Technical Education, Command Paper No. 9703, of 1956.

Sir D. Eccles

Not enough employers have been prepared to allow students to attend part-time day as opposed to evening classes. Other factors have been lack of interest on the part of some young people and in some cases an inadequate range of courses. There is now a growing appreciation of the value of part-time day classes, and the proposals announced in the White Paper "Better Opportunities in Technical Education" should lead to a greatly improved pattern of courses.