HC Deb 19 December 1963 vol 686 c239W
3. Mr. Denis Howell

asked the Minister of Education whether he will reinstate the cuts made in the estimates of the colleges of advanced technology for the current financial year in view of Her Majesty's Government's acceptance of the Robbins Report.

Sir E. Boyle

No. Though the grants for recurrent expenditure by the colleges are less than the colleges requested for 1963–64, they are 13 per cent. higher than for the preceding year. The grants for next year are under consideration in the light of the Robbins Report.

4. Mr. Denis Howell

asked the Minister of Education what schemes were retarded by the cuts in estimates made at the Birmingham College of Advanced Technology; how many schemes could proceed immediately if the cuts were cancelled; and if he will consider doing so.

Sir E. Boyle

The grant for this financial year exceeded that for the previous year though the increase was less than the college asked for. I understand that the college decided to extend the number of courses as proposed, but to modify research activities in a number of ways. An increased grant now would hardly affect development before the end of this financial year, but the size of the grant for next year is now under consideration.

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