New Primary School, Kirkintilloch

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th July 1965.

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Photo of Mr Cyril Bence Mr Cyril Bence , Dunbartonshire East 12:00 am, 14th July 1965

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he is taking to speed up the provision of the proposed primary school at Oxgangs, Kirkintilloch.

Photo of Mr William Ross Mr William Ross , Kilmarnock

Dunbartonshire Education Authority propose to start this school in April, 1966. Any question of starting earlier would be for the authority to consider.

Photo of Mr Cyril Bence Mr Cyril Bence , Dunbartonshire East

I am very disappointed with my right hon. Friend's reply. This school has been under consideration for a very long time. As Kirkintilloch has an overspill agreement with Glasgow, the number of children coming forward for primary education has made it impossible to accommodate them unless extra primary accommodation is provided in Kirkintilloch at an early date.

Photo of Mr William Ross Mr William Ross , Kilmarnock

I am sure that my hon. Friend would be the last to invite me to exercise tyrannical powers over the county council. Responsibility for deciding priority in schools selected for starting rests and must rest with the county council, as my hon. Friend will agree. I have no desire to interfere with that.