HC Deb 15 December 1964 vol 704 cc34-5W
35. Dame Joan Vickers

asked the Minister of Overseas Development what is the policy of her Department in regard to giving aid to universities or helping to establish universities in Commonwealth countries.

Mr. Oram

My right hon. Friend attaches very high priority to assistance for higher education. It will be her policy in giving technical and capital assistance in this important field to continue to enlist the co-operation of British universities, through such bodies as the Inter-University Council for Higher Education Overseas and the Committee for University Secondment, and to foster inter-university links wherever possible. We intend to relate capital aid for universities as far as possible to the needs of the countries for the supply of trained manpower. Assistance for higher education will henceforth be dealt with by a single Department within the Ministry.