Mr John Wheatley: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many of the eight schools in the course of erection in Edinburgh at the beginning of 1952 have now been completed and occupied, how many partially completed and occupied, and how many are still uncompleted; and if he will state the reason for the delay in the completion of these schools, and when the uncompleted schools will be completed and...
Mr John Wheatley: Will the Minister explain why there should be this long delay in the completion of these essential schools in the C'ity of Edinburgh? Wherein lies the difficulty? Is he aware that the Convener stated recently in his progress report that he expected these schools to be completed this year? What is the explanation for the delay?
Mr John Wheatley: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware that 34 new schools will require to be built in Edinburgh during the next five years to meet educational needs; and if he will state the number of new schools at present under construction in Edinburgh and the number of new schools which he proposes to authorise to be started during 1953.
Mr John Wheatley: Do not the figures indicate quite clearly that the number of schools required and the number of schools being built are entirely out of proportion? Is it not perfectly clear that this situation must be associated with the Government's present policy which is putting education in pawn for a decade?
Mr John Wheatley: What is going to happen to the educational needs of the children of Edinburgh, many of whom are at present being accommodated in private houses and halls while others have to travel long distances in order to get accommodation in other schools? What is going to be the future of the educational needs of the children of Edinburgh?
Mr John Wheatley: How can the hon. Gentleman say that none of these children will be left in that position in view of the figures he has given which prove conclusively that the number of schools being built or in contemplation is out of all proportion to the needs of the community?
Mr John Wheatley: Can the right hon. and gallant Gentleman say how these rates compare with the rates for similar tribunals in England and Wales?
Mr John Wheatley: How many of the 57 which have been started are major projects and how many minor projects; and of the 41 which have not been started how many are major projects and how many are minor projects?
Mr John Wheatley: Oh, no.
Mr John Wheatley: Would the hon. Gentleman say, on behalf of his Conservative colleagues, whether he is content to have this council without any executive authority or power whatsoever?
Mr John Wheatley: This is very important. In view of the seeming revolt by back benchers opposite against the Minister's proposals, would the hon. Gentleman explain exactly what powers he envisages this part-time body having? That is very important, because if he does not define them he is just dealing in a lot of persiflage.
Mr John Wheatley: I am quite clear about it.
Mr John Wheatley: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland why he does not propose to introduce during the current Session legislation to give effect to the recommendations of the Scottish Leases Committee as adopted by Her Majesty's Government in the White Paper, Leases in Scotland, Command Paper No. 8714.
Mr John Wheatley: As the Scottish Grand Committee has not sat since the beginning of July and appears to be falling into desuetude, and as the only other Bill affecting Scotland is in another place, would the hon. Gentleman explain why it is not possible to introduce permanent legislation on this subject during the present session?
Mr John Wheatley: That is more than the Government are with the House of Commons.
Mr John Wheatley: Freedom to do what within the ambit of the Bill?
Mr John Wheatley: The hon. Gentleman has not said a thing yet.
Mr John Wheatley: The hon. Gentleman has been good enough to give us his party's idea of the composition of this body. Will he now proceed to give us his party's idea of the powers which the body will have in respect of the non-publicly owned sectors of the industry which will be in competition with the publicly owned sectors?
Mr John Wheatley: The hon. Gentleman has not followed the point. It was said by the Minister that he hoped they would attract into this body representatives of the private sectors of the transport industry in Scotland. If they hope to attract them into that body what executive power will they have over them?
Mr John Wheatley: Did the hon. Member explain that to his constituents two years ago when we, as the Government, faced the same difficulties?