Prime Minister (Meetings)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 6 June 2013.

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Photo of Alex Salmond Alex Salmond First Minister of Scotland, Leader, Scottish National Party

I am not quite certain of where Rhoda Grant is going on this. The Scottish Government, in good faith, applied legislation because we were trying to establish that the correct procedures had been followed so that communities had, as is right and proper, the right to make submissions against school closures.

The judgment is as it is, and we are considering it in terms of, first, how to react, and secondly, whether improved legislation is needed, to get the balance of interests between the rights of councils that are looking to close schools and the rights of parents and others to object to closure and be given the proper reference for doing so. I am sure that Rhoda Grant wants parents to have those rights and that she will support legislation that ensures that they do. We will consider the judgment from the court and take appropriate action.