HC Deb 05 March 1970 vol 797 cc145-7W
Mr. Lane

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what resources have been made available to improve facilities at the polytechnics.

Mr. Fowler

Figures are not available to indicate the proportion of local authority capital expenditure devoted financial year 1968–69 what was the average expenditure per pupil for London as a whole, for the London Borough of Bexley and for the London Borough a Bromley, respectively, on primary education, secondary education, further education and the education of handicapped children, respectively; and what are the estimated figures for the financial year 1969–70.

Mr. Edward Short

The following are the figures:

solely to improving facilities at existing or proposed polytechnics. Since the publication of the 1966 White Paper on Polytechnics and Other Colleges the 3 further education building programmes 1967–68–1969–70 have included projects to an estimated value of £17.7 million at colleges now forming part, or proposed to form part, of polytechnics.

Mr. Lane

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will give details of the building programme for polytechnics over the next two years.

Mr. Fowler

18 major building projects for polytechnics, to an estimated value of £6.2 million, have been authorised to start in 1970–71. I will send a detailed list to the hon. Member. The list of projects authorised to start in 1971–72 will be compiled later this year.

summarise their annual budgets for 1970–71, indicating the amounts payable from central funds and from local authority grants, respectively.

Mr. Fowler

The 14 polytechnics already established and designated are:

  • Bristol.
  • City of Leicester.
  • Hatfield.
  • Kingston.
  • Lanchester.
  • Leeds.
  • Manchester.
  • Newcastle.
  • North Staffordshire.
  • Plymouth.
  • Portsmouth.
  • Sheffield.
  • Sunderland.
  • Wolverhampton.
Under the Articles of Government the Governing Body submits its annual revenue estimates to the local education authority maintaining the polytechnics, for their consideration and approval; particulars of polytechnic estimates are not collected by the Department. Their expenditure on polytechnics is part of the total expenditure by local authorities which is aided from the Exchequer through the operation of the Rate Support Grant.