HC Deb 07 November 1977 vol 938 cc43-4W
Mr. Spearing

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what papers presented to Parliament define the purpose and scope and provide authority for institutions of higher education ; on whose authority they are being established ; and under what articles of association or other basis they will operate.

Mrs. Shirley Williams :

The White Paper in 1972 "Education: a Framework for Expansion" explained the purpose and scope of the institutions of higher education to be formed in the light of the broadening of function proposed for colleges of education. These institutions are provided by local education authorities or voluntary bodies in accordance with plans for individual areas agreed by me or my predecessors and, like other establishments of further education, under powers conferred by the Education Act, 1944. Their instruments and articles of government are regulated by the Education (No. 2) Act 1968. Apart from polytechnics, the titles of individual institutions are a matter for local decision.