HC Deb 14 July 1965 vol 716 c490
25. Mr. Bence

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he is taking to speed up the provision of the proposed primary school at Oxgangs, Kirkintilloch.

Mr. Ross

Dunbartonshire Education Authority propose to start this school in April, 1966. Any question of starting earlier would be for the authority to consider.

Mr. Bence

I am very disappointed with my right hon. Friend's reply. This school has been under consideration for a very long time. As Kirkintilloch has an overspill agreement with Glasgow, the number of children coming forward for primary education has made it impossible to accommodate them unless extra primary accommodation is provided in Kirkintilloch at an early date.

Mr. Ross

I am sure that my hon. Friend would be the last to invite me to exercise tyrannical powers over the county council. Responsibility for deciding priority in schools selected for starting rests and must rest with the county council, as my hon. Friend will agree. I have no desire to interfere with that.