§ MR. O'GRADY (Leeds, E.)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware that the Beith Academy, Ayrshire, has been deprived of its status as an intermediary and secondary school owing to the Report of Mr. A. R. Andrew, chief inspector for the western division of Scotland; whether the regulations permit this to be done; whether the inspector can so order it to be done on his own belief that there is overlapping in this matter as between the Beith Academy and a local endowed private school; and whether inquiries will be made and instructions given to prevent this action in view of the effect upon the working-class population of Beith.
§ THE SECRETARY FOR SCOTLAND (Mr. SINCLAIR,) Forfarshire
It is not the case that the Beith Academy, Ayrshire, has been deprived of any status as a secondary or intermediate school which it has ever had, and it is accordingly unnecessary to deal with the other points raised in the Question of the hon. Member.