HC Deb 15 November 1968 vol 773 cc162-3W
Mr. Roebuck

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will make a statement about the number of scientists who have informed him of their wish to come to work in British educational institutions from North America.

Mrs. Shirley Williams

A scientist wishing to come from North America to work in a British educational institution would normally get in touch directly with an appropriate employing authority or institution rather than approach my Department, which is not itself an employer of teachers. Under the Science Research Council's Fellowship Scheme, reference to which was made in my Answer to a Question from the hon. Member for Birmingham, Edgbaston (Mrs. Knight) on 24th October, 1968, 100 Fellowships mainly tenable at universities and colleges in Britain have been offered in the present year and about 85 are expected to be taken up; most of the recipients are scientists who wish to return from North America to this country.

If the hon. Member has any specific case in mind I shall be glad to look into it—[Vol. 770, c. 329–30.]