§ Mr. Bishop
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science why, in appointing members of the new Technician Education Council, she appointed 22 men and only two women members, in view of the growing numbers of women involved in science and technology and in view of the need to encourage even more women to practice such careers.
§ Mr. St. John-Stevas
Members were appointed to the council on a personal basis as recommended by the Haslegrave Committee. The council's concern is with technician students as a whole and the aim was to reflect in its membership the main relevant fields of interest. My right hon. Friend is satisfied that the interests of women students, no less than those of men students, will be well covered by the council, whose members collectively provide a wide range of experience.