§ Mr. Dalyell
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what inquiries he has made concerning the potential use of branching teaching machines for training Treasury personnel.
§ Mr. Green
In giving general guidance to Civil Service training the Treasury Training and Education Division encourages departments to investigate the usefulness of programmed learning (whether by teaching machines or other devices) for the training of their staff, and includes this topic in some of its central courses for departmental instructors. The Division has been in regular consultation with the Ministry of Education, and also the Admiralty and Royal Air Force who have undertaken considerable investigations.
In conjunction with Enfield College of Technology, it has arranged two courses for staff from sixteen departments (including the Treasury) for training in programme writing for teaching machines. Several departments have acquired machines and are experimenting with them.