§ 32. Mr. John Parker
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he is aware of the shortage of lodgings for students of the Barking College of Technology; and if he will make funds available to suitable organisations to provide accommodation.
§ Mr. Prentice
Under the Overseas Students Welfare Expansion Programme, 331W administered for the Government by the British Council, a grant has been agreed in principle to assist the Romford Y.M.C.A. to provide residential accommodation for overseas students. The Barking Local Education Authority has told my right hon. Friend that it is considering grant-aiding an addition to this project to provide specifically for the students of the College of Technology. My right hon. Friend has no power to make funds available to the Y.M.C.A. or any similar body for this purpose.