HC Deb 11 June 1969 vol 784 cc1457-8
47. Mr. Rankin

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will approve the integration of Jordanhill College School into the comprehensive system proposed for other fee-paying and selective schools in Glasgow.

Mr. Millan

I have nothing to add at present to the answer given on 1st April to my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow, Scotstoun (Mr. Small).—[Vol. 781, c. 80.]

Mr. Rankin

Surely the time has come for us to make up our minds about the comprehensive system? Am I to infer from my hon. Friend's answer that some form of dilution is going to work along with the system itself?

Mr. Millan

No, Sir. I think it would be a mistake to infer that. The Government a long time ago made up their mind about the comprehensive system. What we have now asked for in the case of this school is that the governors of the college should look at the school in the context of these developments in Glasgow. This they are doing, and I am expecting proposals from them.

Mr. Galbraith

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that I have received strong representations from many of my constituents demanding that this excellent Jordanhill School should be left alone, and will he therefore resist any blandishments from his hon. Friend, and from anybody else, to change its present set-up?

Mr. Millan

No, Sir. This school is selective and fee-paying. It is very largely financed by the Scottish Education Department, and I have no intention of leaving it alone.