asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received from educational bodies respecting the future of education, within the system of block grants; and what steps he proposes taking to ensure adequate expansion of education within the block grant system.
My right hon. Friend has received thirty representations from educational bodies expressing concern at the future of education under the system of general grants. The need for developing the education service is recognised in the proposed legislation, and the provision for development will ensure adequate expansion of education under the new grant system, having regard to general economic conditions.
Is the hon. Member aware that since recent events in the Government there has been increasing concern in Scotland that the Treasury attitude in future may be such that Scottish education may be cut, let alone expanded? Will he do all he can to see that education is put back into the special grant class so that we may be sure that Scottish education will be maintained and expanded in the future?
I am sure that the hon. Member does not expect me to say anything which would give the impression that the Government are not determined that the present Bill will run its full course.