§ Mr. BUCHANAN
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if his Department have considered the desirability or otherwise of education authorities establishing nursery schools in their areas; and, if such decision is favourable, what steps they are taking to have more schools of this description started?
§ Sir J. GILMOUR
The reports received from the Department's officers show that they have consistently done what was in their power to guide and encourage nursery schools. Under Section 8 of the Education (Scotland) Act, 1918, however, the initiative in establishing such schools rests with the education authorities, who are in a position to decide, in the light of their local knowledge, whether action on their part is required.