Nursery Schools (Consultation)

Question Time — Scottish Executive – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:30 pm on 27th March 2003.

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Photo of Alex Neil Alex Neil Scottish National Party 2:30 pm, 27th March 2003

To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider extending the statutory consultation requirements for the closure or merger of primary schools to nursery schools. (S1O-6704)

Photo of Nicol Stephen Nicol Stephen Liberal Democrat

The Scottish Executive would consider extending the statutory consultation requirements for the closure or merger of primary schools to nursery schools, were it not for the fact that those statutory requirements already apply to nursery schools.

Photo of Alex Neil Alex Neil Scottish National Party

I thank the minister for his reply. Will he ensure that all local authorities, including South Lanarkshire Council, abide by the statutory requirements? I remind him that he has only five weeks to do so before the Executive changes.

Photo of David Mundell David Mundell Conservative

Does the Scottish Executive have plans to change the statutory consultation requirements for the merger or closure of primary schools, especially in rural areas? The present procedures do not take into account the impact on local communities of closures of the sort that Dumfries and Galloway Council is planning.

Photo of Nicol Stephen Nicol Stephen Liberal Democrat

We have no such proposals in this parliamentary session.