HC Deb 26 February 1924 vol 170 cc250-1
80. Mr. NICHOL

asked the Secretary for Scotland if he is aware that many of the classes in Scottish schools have over 60 pupils on the roll; what steps he intends to take to reduce these classes; and whether the policy of dealing also with classes over 50, announced as the policy of the English Board of Education, is also to be applied in the case of Scotland?


The number of classes having over 60 pupils on the roll is relatively very small, and the number having over 60 in average attendance is even smaller. I am in communication with the inspectors for the districts concerned. In reply to the last part of the question, I would refer my hon. Friend to the footnote to Article 12 of the Day School Code, which makes 50 the maximum number of pupils for which a classroom will be recognised in any new school or in any addition to, or reconstruction of, an existing school.


Since there are practically no new schools being built, and as these class rooms and classes exist in large numbers, is nothing going to be done about the existing classes?


My hon. Friend is in error in stating that no new schools are being built.