§ MR. CALDWELL (Glasgow, St. Rollox)
I beg to ask the Lord Advocate whether the school accommodation in State-aided schools prescribed by the Code is based on the number of children in average attendance, and not on the number of children on the roll, or of school age, in the district; what is the number of children for whom accommodation is provided in Ardchattan School; what, according to the latest statistics in the possession of the Scotch Education Department, was the number of children in average attendance in that school; whether the Department had any information that the combined average attendance of said school and the Episcopal school ever exceeded the accommodation provided in Ardchattan Board School alone; and whether the Department ever complained to the School Board that the accommodation of Ardchattan School was insufficient for the wants of the district?
§ *THE LORD ADVOCATE (Mr. J. P. B. ROBERTSON,) Bute
The calculation of school accommodation, as prescribed by the Code, is based on the average attendance. The number for whom accommodation is so provided in the Ardchattan Public School is 50. The average attendance in that school during the last school year for which we have statistics was 23, and according to a Return furnished by the School Board last year, the average attendance in the Episcopal school was 30. The Department have not had reason to complain to the School Board that the accommodation of Ardchattan Public School was insufficient for the wants of those children in the district who desired to attend it.