9. Mr. Richard Shepheard
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will undertake a study of ways in which institutions of further and higher education could more readily respond to the needs of industry.
§ Dr. Boyson
My right hon. and learned Friend has consistently recognised that institutions of higher and further education should be responsive to the needs of industry, particularly as these change with rapid technological development. A number of recent reports, including the Finniston report on the engineering profession, have carried this message and pointed to ways in which the responsiveness of the educational system might be improved. We are continuing to look at all the possibilities.