HC Deb 20 December 1961 vol 651 c1350
29. Mr. G. M. Thomson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland which Scottish Minister and other members of the Scottish Education Department are to be members of the United Kingdom delegation to the Commonwealth Education Conference in Delhi in January, 1962.

Mr. Maclay

Her Majesty's Senior Chief Inspector of Schools will be a member of the United Kingdom delegation, which will not include a Scottish Minister.

Mr. Thomson

Is the Secretary of State aware that that is a very unsatisfactory Answer? Is he not going to fight for more adequate Scottish representation on a very important delegation to a very important conference? Is he aware that the Scottish tradition of education is world-famous and that the Scottish contribution to Commonwealth education is very great? Will he look at this matter again and consult the Minister of Education?

Mr. Maclay

For a variety of reasons it was not practicable to include a Scottish Minister in the delegation. But I am satisfied that Scotland's contribution to the conference will still be a valuable one.

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