HC Deb 04 March 1947 vol 434 cc233-4
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 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?

Mr. Westwood

I cannot answer that question without notice.

Mr. Gallacher

Has not this man been mistaken for the Low the Tories are after?

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