HC Deb 30 June 1969 vol 786 cc4-5W
Mr. Hamling

asked the Minister of Overseas Development if he will make a statement on the functions of the Inter-University Council for Higher Education Overseas.

Mr. Prentice

Yes. At my invitation the council has recently assumed extended responsibilties. It was originally established by the universities in this country to advise on, and to assist, the development of higher education in the colonial territories and this work has been continued and extended since independence. It has become clear that advice and help can emanate most effectively from close contacts between people actually working in universities.

At my invitation, therefore, the council has now accepted responsibility in general for our current arrangements for providing aid to all universities in developing countries except those in the Indian sub-Continent and in a number of non-Commonwealth countries, mainly in Latin America. It will continue to be our main source of advice on new initiatives in aid to universities within the general framework of our aid to education.