Secondary Schools, Ayrshire

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th July 1959.

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Photo of Mr William Ross Mr William Ross , Kilmarnock 12:00 am, 28th July 1959

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps have been taken, and if he is satisfied of their adequacy, to ensure in Ayrshire secondary schools sufficient places for the increased numbers passing from the primary schools.

Photo of Hon. John Maclay Hon. John Maclay , Renfrewshire West

The only pupils for whom there will not be such places at the beginning of the session, will be about fifty pupils of Braehead primary school, Ayr. They will follow their secondary course in their present school until January, 1960.

Photo of Mr William Ross Mr William Ross , Kilmarnock

That will apply, I presume, only to junior secondary pupils. Is everything satisfactory in relation to the number of places available in senior secondary schools in Ayrshire? From what I hear, there is considerable concern that there will not be enough places to admit children who would benefit therefrom and that many of the makeshift arrangements are giving cause for concern and are far from satisfactory.

Photo of Hon. John Maclay Hon. John Maclay , Renfrewshire West

I agree that matters are not entirely satisfactory. I am, however, advised that the authority expects that the schools under construction and projected will enable it to provide all the secondary places required in the foreseeable future.

Photo of Mr William Ross Mr William Ross , Kilmarnock

We are not concerned with the foreseeable future of these children, who should get their secondary places by September. The Government have failed to provide them at the right time.

Photo of Hon. John Maclay Hon. John Maclay , Renfrewshire West

In my reply, I gave the hon. Member the information which I at present have on the matter raised by him.

Photo of Mr William Ross Mr William Ross , Kilmarnock

Very unsatisfactory.