HC Deb 25 November 1958 vol 596 c195
7. Mr. Steele

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has received a memorandum from the Hermitage Parent-Teacher Association with regard to the conditions prevailing at the Hermitage Secondary School, Helensburgh; and what proposals he has to remedy the situation.

Mr. Maclay

Yes, Sir. I have received a copy of the memorandum from the hon. Member. I understand that Dunbartonshire Education Authority is considering the erection of a new school, and in the meantime work is in hand on the most needed improvements.

Mr. Steele

Will the right hon. Gentleman agree that this memorandum discloses a really alarming state of affairs, and that normal facilities such as lavatory and toilet accommodation are appallingly inadequate? Could the House have an assurance that this school, and also the Vale of Leven Academy, which is in the same condition, will not be overlooked in view of the needs of Cumbernauld, which may affect the decision of the local authorities?

Mr. Maclay

I am aware that work is urgently required in this school. The second part of the supplementary question goes a bit wider, and I should be grateful if the hon. Gentleman would put down a Question on that.