HC Deb 22 July 1964 vol 699 cc98-9W
76. Mr. Rankin

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will state the reasons that led him to accept the recommendation of the University Grants Committee on the siting of Scotland's latest university; and what is his future policy for Scottish higher education.

Mr. Hogg

The factors taken into account by the University Grants Committee in advising on the location of the new university are described in paragraphs 276–287 of the University Grants Committee's report "University Developments 1957–1962" (Cmnd. 2267). In addition, the University Grants Committee considered that the location of the new Scottish university had to allow both specifically Scottish needs to be met and for a suitable proportion of students to be attracted from elsewhere. In conjunction with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland, I accepted the University Grants Committee's advice based on these criteria.

The policy of my right hon. Friend and myself on higher education matters has been set out in the White Paper on higher education (Cmnd. 2165) published last October and subsequent statements in the House.

56. Mr. Hannan

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science, if he has now decided on the site for the new university in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Hogg

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to the hon. and gallant Member for Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles (Commander Donaldson), on 17th July.

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