§ Mr. William Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on the representations made to him on 5 October by the Committee of University Vice-Chancellors and Principals on the state of university finances.
§ Sir Keith Joseph
I met representatives of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals on 2 November. My reply yesterday to my hon. Friend the Member for Bristol, North-West (Mr. Colvin) about future expenditure plans meets a number of the points put to me about unavoidable increases in costs in the universities. No allowance has been made in the universities' 1983–84 grant, however, for the extent to which pay settlements in 1982–83 exceeded 4 per cent. apart from £0.7 million already announced for clinical academics.