HC Deb 05 May 1971 vol 816 c1364
25. Mr. Clark Hutchison

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what action has been taken by his Department to give greater priority in areas where primary schools are below standard, and to secure a lowering of primary school class sizes generally.

Mr. Edward Taylor

My right hon. Friend has added £4½ million for improvements to the building programme for 1972–73 and announced his intention to introduce more generous staffing standards. He has continued for three years the salary additions in schools of teacher shortage and has empowered education authorities to pay removal expenses to teachers coming to their areas to teach in these schools.

Mr. Clark Hutchison

That also is a reasonably good answer. But what about making more money available for building new schools, which would greatly help the building trade, which is in difficulties?

Mr. Taylor

All of us are concerned about the building industry's problems and indeed about problems in education. The extra £4½ million is in addition to the existing programme and will certainly help the building industry and, at the same time, help with our problems in education.