HC Deb 22 November 1960 vol 630 c958
19. Mr. Timmons

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will expedite the starting of a new Roman Catholic school at Carmyle.

Mr. Maclay

Plans for a new Roman Catholic Primary School at Carmyle have been agreed informally between the Lanarkshire Education Authority and the Scottish Education Department, and will be submitted for my formal approval within the next week or so. Building work is expected to start in the autumn of next year.

Mr. Timmons

I thank the right hon. Gentleman for that answer, although it is a rather belated one. Is he aware that seven years ago the Lanarkshire Education Committee promised the parents of the children in this area a school within two years? Is he further aware that I raised this matter in February, 1959, when I was promised that a start would be made within six months. According to a letter which I received from the Joint Under-Secretary a few weeks ago, a start will be made in the autumn of 1961. Parents will be very pleased to think that this project is going ahead.

Mr. Maclay

The hon. Member will realise that there have been acute site difficulties in planning for this school. Only one site has been available, and that has been the cause of a bad hold-up.