§ 41. Mr. Rankin
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the reasons for the dismissal of Mr. W. S. Low from his position as headmaster of Rossie Farm Approved School, Angus; if he is satisfied with the conditions under which the school is being administered; and if he is aware that the staff is inadequately 234 trained for carrying out the work of this large approved school.
§ Mr. Westwood
Following an examination of conditions at Rossie Farm School by a sub-committee of the managers, the latter asked the Scottish Education Department to carry out an independent investigation before a decision was taken on a recommendation by the sub-committee that Mr. Low should be dismissed. This inquiry was undertaken by His Majesty's Senior Chief Inspector of Schools, and in the light of his report the managers decided to implement the recommendation. The difficulty of strengthening staff and improving training facilities in present circumstances is appreciated but the managers were satisfied that in addition to such other action as may be practicable to meet these difficulties a change in the headmastership was essential to the efficient conduct of the school.
§ Mr. Rankin
Would the Secretary of State say whether or not Mr. Low was invited to give evidence before this commission?