§ 21. Mr. Manuel
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will consult the Ayr County Council regarding the shortage of school accommodation in the Burgh of Irvine, and give it additional financial help, because of the educational problems arising from the development of this growth area.
§ Mrs. Hart
My right hon. Friend is aware of the difficulties of providing new school accommodation in Irvine and 1537 will remain in close touch with the education authority on its future school building programme. The investment allocations will continue to allow for the new education needs of expanding areas.
§ Mr. Manuel
Is my hon. Friend aware of the expanding industrial growth in the Burgh of Irvine, leading to a larger school population? Does not she agree that that, coupled with the Glasgow overspill commitments, is leading to a situation in Irvine which is causing resentment among parents, teachers and others who are interested in school education? Will not she agree to consult Ayr County Council so that appropriate steps can be taken to deal with the problem, which arises as a result of Government policy and not education authority policy?
§ Mrs. Hart
I know the general problem involved. My right hon. Friend will keep the needs of Irvine very fully in mind and will continue to discuss them with the education authority. He will certainly ensure that the educational implications of further population development are kept very closely in mind in considering future allocations. One is aware of the difficulties Irvine is facing. The authority is coping with the problems very well, although it cannot do everything at once.