HC Deb 05 April 1967 vol 744 c241
43. Mr. Wright

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what action he proposes to take to deal with the circumstances which have led to the spread of part-time education in Glasgow schools.

Mr. Millan

Part-time education in Glasgow schools has not spread as compared, for example, with 1965 and earlier years. My right hon. Friend is taking active steps to increase the supply of qualified teachers generally and is considering possible ways of remedying the special problems of areas such as Glasgow. He is also keeping in touch with Glasgow Education Authority regarding measures of alleviation within the Authority's competence which it has been pursuing.

Mr. Wright

Is the hon. Gentleman fully aware that the spread of part-time education is now affecting the grammar schools not only in Glasgow, but in Scotland as a whole? What are the Government's intentions in this matter?

Mr. Millan

The problem in Glasgow, which is what the hon. Gentleman asked about, is very largely in the primary schools. Where there has been a problem in secondary schools, as, for example, in Dunbartonshire and Renfrewshire, I am glad to be able to say that these troubles are strictly temporary. I have already answered questions about our attitude towards the Roberts Report.