HC Deb 17 December 1985 vol 89 cc118-9W
40. Mr. Beith

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he is satisfied that there will continue to be adequate provision in British higher education for study and teaching of the language and culture of Nordic countries.

Mr. Walden

My right hon. Friend knows of no special grounds for concern about the adequacy of provision in this area. Earlier this year the University Grants Committee invited universities to review the scope for rationalising small departments in all disciplines and offered guidance on the considerations involved. As a follow-up to that advice, and as part of its current planning exercise, the committee will be giving attention to future provision for Scandinavian and other less widely studied languages and cultures.