§ Mr. MACQUISTEN
asked the Secretary for Scotland whether he will take steps to cause the educational authority of Argyll to reopen the school on the Island of Easdale, which was closed some years ago owing to there being then no children on the island of school age to attend it; and whether he is aware that recently the children travelled by sea to Easdale pier on the mainland, and that the said pier is now in so dilapidated and dangerous condition that it is impossible for it to be used?
§ Sir J. GILMOUR
I understand that the school to which the hon. Member refers was for infants only, and its reopening would not entirely meet the present difficulty. The education authority inform me that they are at present considering the best way of dealing with the problem of this and similar cases. At the same time, they state that, though the pier hitherto in use is closed, there are several places where landing is possible on the adjoining island of Sell, on which Easdale school is situated.