HC Deb 10 May 1967 vol 746 cc1488-9
23. Mr. Eadie

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many appeals were received in Scotland from parents or guardians in relation to the postprimary education their children would receive in the years 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, and to the nearest available date in 1967.

Mr. Millan

The number of disputes between parents and education authorities in Scotland referred to my right hon. Friend under Section 29(2) of the Education (Scotland) Act for the years in question were:

1960 109
1961 131
1962 119
1963 130
1964 88
1965 91
1966 268
1967 (to 1st May) 8
Mr. Eadie

Does my hon. Friend agree that, as a consequence of the reorganisation of post-primary education in Scotland, the number of appeals should diminish, and, further, that the primary schools should experience a new freedom and no longer look over their shoulder, awaiting the 12-plus examinations?

Mr. Millan

With the introduction of comprehensive secondary education, the need for transfer schemes of the kind we have now will disappear, and this will have the effect, among other things, of giving greater freedom to teaching in the primary schools. This is already evident in our primary schools.

Sir M. Galpern

How many of these appeals were successful?

Mr. Millan

In any one year, about a quarter are successful.