HC Deb 31 May 1963 vol 678 cc193-4W
Mr. Lilley

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will make a statement about the future status of the Royal College of Science and Technology, Glasgow.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

My predecessor announced on the 29th May, 1962, that the University Grants Committee accepted the case for the College being granted full university status, including the power to award its own degrees. In view, however, of the current study of the future pattern of higher education being carried out by the Robbins Committee, they thought it wise to defer their final advice to the Government on this point.

In view of the importance of an early decision in relation to this College's plans for academic development, particularly in the field of industrial and social studies, and the desirability of more university places in Scotland, the University Grants Committee have now formally advised me that the College should be granted full university status. The Robbins Committee—whose report, as I recently stated, is expected towards the end of the summer —have been consulted and seen no objection. I have accordingly accepted this advice and I have authorised the Committee to inform the College that the way is clear for it to prepare a draft Charter for submission to Her Majesty in Council.