The principal of Humberside college of higher education wrote to me in 1987 asking that the college be considered for designation as a polytechnic. In our initial letter of guidance to the PCFC we invited the council to offer advice on the question of further polytechnic designations. Following its last meeting the council wrote to my right hon. Friend recommending the criteria it considered a college should satisfy to merit designation as a polytechnic. My right hon. Friend has indicated that he is inclined to agree with the PCFC's advice, but that he would welcome views from those who have an interest in the issue.