HC Deb 28 April 1887 vol 314 cc239-40
MR. CALDWELL (Glasgow, St. Rollox)

asked the Lord Advocate, Whether Garnethill Public School, under the Glasgow School Board, situate in the North-Western District of Glasgow, has both a primary and a separately manned and equipped secondary department; whether Garnethill Public School, in addition to possessing the advantages of contributions from the local rates, is placed on the list of State-aided schools and is in receipt of Government grant for both its departments; whether Hutcheson Schools, in the Southern District of Glasgow, have been erected at the sole expense of charity funds bequeathed for the poor, and are managed and maintained under a scheme of the Educational Endowment Commis- sioners, approved of by the Scotch Education Department and by Parliament, at a cost to the charity funds of several thousand pounds annually, over and above what is received for school fees; whether Hutcheson Schools have both a primary and a secondary department; and, whether the Scotch Education Department will place Hutcheson Schools on the list of State-aided schools in Scotland, entitling them to participate in the Government grant?

THE LORD ADVOCATE (Mr. J. H. A. MACDONALD) (Edinburgh and St. Andrew's Universities)

While a higher class public school is defined by the Education Act, the distinction between a primary and a secondary department is not defined either by that Act or by the Scotch Code; and my Lords are unable, therefore, to say whether the organization of the Garnethill School corresponds to the hon. Member's description. The instruction in respect of which the school has been inspected and grants paid is such as is embraced by the Scotch Code. The organization of the Hutcheson's Schools, and any claims which these schools may be able to make to participate in the Parliamentary grant, can only be judged by their Lordships when the managers of these schools decide to prosecute such a claim, and when the necessary particulars called for by the Department in connection therewith are furnished.