HC Deb 19 June 1974 vol 875 cc457-8
6. Mr. Harry Ewing

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make arrangements for the Under-Secretary in his Department responsible for education to make an official visit to Falkirk.

Mr. Robert Hughes

I have no plans for this at present, but I am always will ing to make a visit to a particular area where circumstances so warrant.

Mr. Ewing

Is my hon. Friend aware that I shall bear in mind that commitment, especially when the allocations of resources are made in respect of school building? Is he aware that we have in the Camelon area of Falkirk a serious problem in relation to the Falkirk High School and the Camelon High School? When making an allocation of resources, will my hon. Friend take into account this serious problem, about which I have been in correspondence with him?

Mr. Hughes

I fully appreciate the desire of Stirlingshire Education Authority and the parents of Falkirk to eliminate a school that provides only four-year courses. When we come to the allocations for 1975–76, I shall bear in mind the points which my hon. Friend has raised.

Mr. MacArthur

If the hon. Gentleman is generously prepared to go to places where circumstances warrant a visit by him, will he be good enough to go to Perth and tell the insurance industry, the whisky industry and the other big employers in Perth which of them are to be nationalised and which are not?

Mr. Hughes

I regret that that matter does not fall within my ministerial responsibility.