HC Deb 15 March 1955 vol 538 cc1120-1
38. Mr. Ross

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the number and the types of new schools started in Ayrshire since January, 1952; and how many of these are in Kilmarnock.

Mr. J. Stuart

Construction has started on one new primary and two new secondary schools, as well as on three major extensions to existing schools. Of these, one new senior secondary school is in Kilmarnock.

Mr. Ross

Am I not right in assuming that the right hon. Gentleman surely must be aware from the needs of Kilmarnock and Ayrshire generally that this is altogether inadequate and shows the complete folly of the Government in their approach to the question of building? Is he aware that in Kilmarnock, in connection with the great new housing schemes, there is considerable difficulty now leading to much ill-feeling because the authorities have failed to put up the educational establishments which are necessary for the children there?

Mr. Stuart

I assure the hon. Member that this is not the end of the story. Approval has been given to four new primary schools, three secondary schools and three major extensions to existing schools in Ayrshire.