HC Deb 19 March 1918 vol 104 cc824-5
33. Mr. CURRIE

asked the Secretary for Scotland whether ho has received from the Convention of Royal Burghs in Scotland a representation concerning the Scottish Education Bill to the effect that a larger rating area, such as is generally admitted to be desirable, can be obtained otherwise and more conveniently than on a basis of strict county demarcation; whether the convention indicates in an. appendix to its memorandum a number of areas whose circumstances are regarded by it as lending weight to this view; and whether he will cause a map of Scotland to be prepared showing how far the geographical modifications suggested by the convention depart from the county limits, and enabling the public to consider how far the views of the convention could be met to all intents and purposes by authorising the Secretary for Scotland to approve of schemes for joint educational effort between adjoining counties?


I have received a copy of the representation to which my hon. Friend refers. The proposals of the Convention of Royal Burghs on the subject of educational areas are couched in very general terms, and no indication is given as to the actual area recommended. In these circumstances, I regret that it is impossible to give effect to the suggestion contained in the last part of the question.


Will the right hon. Gentleman say whether, in the event of an official of the Convention sending him a, map or a graphic statement of this kind, he will expose it to view in the Tea Room?


I have not control over that matter, but I shall be very glad to consider it.


Could the right hon. Gentleman issue a statement giving the existing secondary schools and the district, that they now serve?


If it is desired, I think such a statement can be prepared. I hope to see my right hon. Gentleman later in the day on the subject.