§ 26. Mr. Davidson
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the total number of classes in Glasgow schools with 50 or more pupils?
At 31st May, 1937, there were in Glasgow 262 classes with 50 pupils, and 134 with over 50 pupils, on the roll.
§ 27. Mr. Davidson
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the total number of school children medically examined in Glasgow up to the last available date; the number of medical examiners employed: and the total number of children termed defective?
The number of school children medically examined in Glasgow during the year 1935–36 at systematic routine inspection was 54,882. The medical staff comprises 16 whole-time and one part-time medical officers. The number of children found to have irremediable defects was 2,359, while 44,231 had defects which were more or less readily remediable. A further 15,899 children were specially examined at the request of parents, teachers, etc. Most of these children were found to have some defect requiring attention. There was also a reexamination of 27,005 children who had been found to have defects at previous examinations.
§ Mr. Davidson
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the serious number of defective children in Glasgow is caused by the poverty of their parents; and will he ask the Minister of Labour to give Glasgow all the assistance he can in the future?
§ Mr. Mathers
Does the Under-Secretary recognise the connection between these conditions and those to which he referred in answer to Question No. 25?