HC Deb 01 February 1965 vol 705 cc229-30W
Mr. Cordle

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what facilities are being made available in the form of additional university space for medical schools.

Mr. Crosland

The intake of new medical students in October, 1964, was about 100 higher than a year earlier. The provision of further facilities and places is under consideration.

Sir J. Eden

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he is aware of the difficulties experienced by students in the Bournemouth area when trying to enter medical schools and teaching hospitals; what steps he is taking to improve the position; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Crosland

Medical schools are national institutions, and while competition to enter them is undoubtedly keen, I have no reason to believe that potential students from any particular area are unfavourably treated. The number of places in medical schools was increased last October, and I am at present considering future needs with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Health.