§ 21. Mr. Rankin
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects the date for raising the school-leaving age to 16 years will be announced.
§ Mr. Rankin
I hope that the hon. Gentleman is more fully seized of the importance of this Question than his right hon. Friend was of my Question No. 20. Will he assure us now that we shall not go through all the misery, trouble and other misfortunes which attended the raising of the school-leaving age after the war, and that there are preparations now ready to be put into effect so that the boys and girls who will stay on may enjoy their time at school until they are 16?
§ Mr. MacArthur
The supply of teachers is improving rapidly, but will my hon. Friend bear in mind that there are still certain areas of Scotland and certain subjects in which there is a severe shortage of secondary teachers, and will he consider taking urgent further steps to cure those shortages?
§ Mr. Monro
I understand the point made by my hon. Friend. The effect of the designated schools scheme has been quite impressive. There will be help with removal costs and in other ways. 1014 We hope that the teaching profession will be ready to meet the raising of the school-leaving age next autumn.