§ 14. Mr. Maxton
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the specified temperature at which the class rooms in schools are required to be maintained during the winter months; and what steps are taken by His Majesty's inspectors of schools to see that this is efficiently carried out?
§ Mr. Elliot
The aim is to maintain a temperature of from 56 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit, and in the numerous schools where central heating is installed this is the specification for the apparatus. I am sending to the hon. Member a copy of the Department's recommendations to be followed in the planning and fitting up of schools. It is the duty of His Majesty's inspectors to report to the Department any case where the heating is insufficient and the matter is then taken up with the education authority concerned.
§ Mr. Maxton
Is any special effort being made to deal with this matter by sending inspectors to take special notice of it?
§ Mr. Elliot
Inspectors are always going out, and no doubt they will take notice of the conditions, particularly in the schools they visit during the cold season.
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the temperature in many Glasgow schools is maintained by overcrowding the class rooms with children?