PM back Rolle College talks

PUBLISHED: 16:50 22 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:32 10 June 2010

FRIDAY, AUGUST 22: THE Prime Minister has backed new talks to try to ensure Plymouth University's now-closed Rolle College is used as a post-16 education facility. It follows East Devon MP Hugo Swire's plea to Mr Brown to help solve the logjam" that has put on hold the co

THE Prime Minister has backed new talks to try to ensure Plymouth University's now-closed Rolle College is used as a post-16 education facility. It follows East Devon MP Hugo Swire's plea to Mr Brown to help solve the "logjam" that has put on hold the college's future, and a debate in parliament in July.Now, in a letter to Mr Swire, Mr Brown said: "Using the Rolle College site to provide post-16 education would be a perfectly valid option and I would welcome any measure that improved education and training facilities for the young people of Devon."However, he said the 'autonomy' universities enjoyed was the reason why English institutions were some of the best in the world, adding: "We have no right to tell Plymouth or any other university how to use the assets at their disposal to pursue their academic mission."But he confirmed that higher education minister Bill Rammell was entering into discussions with Plymouth University, the Learning and Skills Council, Devon County Council and East Devon District Council to take the matter forward. "But it is ultimately for the university and the local authorities to see if it is possible to find a solution," he said. "I very much hope the discussions will be fruitful.

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