HC Deb 20 April 1967 vol 745 c128W
36. Mr. Barnes

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he has now decided what assistance it is possible to give the reading research unit of London University in order that the research, which it is conducting into the best ways of teaching children to read, can continue after the threatened shut down on 31st May, 1967 through lack of funds.

Mr. Crosland

This unit, which has done excellent work, has been financed from a number of sources, including the Ford Foundation, the Nuffield Foundation, Sir James Pitman, and my Department. The question of the continuation of the unit is primarily for consideration by London University. It is not a normal function of my Department to be responsible for the long-term support of a particular research unit in a particular university.