HC Deb 20 July 1927 vol 209 cc393-4

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the number of classes in the respective education authority areas where the umber of pupils is 60 or more; and the number of classes with less than 60 but with 50 or more in these same areas?

The SECRETARY of STATE for SCOTLAND (Sir John Gilmour)

The latest complete Return is that of March, 1926, and I will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT a statement giving for all Scotland the figures then obtained. These show a considerable improvement as compared with February, 1924, the date of the previous Return. Since March, 1926, the Department, through His Majesty's Inspectors and otherwise, have been in frequent communication with the individual education authorities in whose areas the size of classes appeared to be excessive. As a result, I anticipate that in the next complete Return, which is to be called for in October, a further marked advance will be apparent.

Following is the statement:

STATEMENT showing for each education authority (from the Return of March, 1926) the number of classes, according to the number of pupils habitually under the charge of one teacher, (a) with 50 but less than 60 pupils, and (b) with more than 60 pupils.

50 to 60 than 60
Education Authority. pupils. pupils.
Aberdeen (Burgh) 32
Dundee 23
Edingburgh 123
Glasgow 1,043 20
Aberdeenshire 55
Argyll 2
Ayr 115
Banff 20
Bute 2
Caithness 4
Clackmannan 9
Dumbarton 158
Dumfries 1
East Lothian 12 1
Fife 21
Forfar 1
Kinross 1
Kirkcudbright 5
Lanark 246 14
Midlothian 12
Moray 7
Nairn 1
Orkney 3
Renfrewshire 228 3
Ross and Cromarty
Shetland 1
Stirling 57 1
Sutherland 1
Westlothian 19
Wigtown 3
Total 2,205 40