HC Deb 25 October 1972 vol 843 c1181
20. Mr. William Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what additional provision for the education of handicapped children is now being made by those local education authorities which had been sending children to Corsbie Hall School in Fife.

Mr. Monro

The education authorities which sent pupils to the school have made no new plans for additional provision since it closed though Dundee, Edinburgh and Renfrew were already planning new day provision for maladjusted pupils. Glasgow and Dumfries, whose social work departments sent pupils to the school, were also planning day and residential provision, respectively, before the school closed.

Mr. Hamilton

Is the Minister aware that it is still the case that there is more private fee-paying provision for this kind of child in Scotland than there is public provision and that this is highly unsatisfactory? Is he further aware that the whole case of Corsbie Hall is now in the hands of the Parliamentary Commissioner, who is looking into the various aspects of it, and that criminal charges may well be preferred against the proprietor, Mr. Taylor-Bryant, and will he take further steps to ensure that this man is brought to heel and that this kind of exercise is not engaged in any more in Scotland or anywhere else in the United Kingdom?

Mr. Monro

In relation to the first part of the supplementary question, besides those authorities I have mentioned Aberdeenshire and Fife also intend to provide residential schools. In relation to the second part, I shall leave that to the Parliamentary Commissioner.