HC Deb 16 May 1950 vol 475 c140W
91. Sir D. Robertson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has considered the letter dated 27th April from Mrs. Macrae, Castle Dhu, Erribol, wife of a shepherd, whose children, aged 6 and 8, respectively, have been deprived of education since May, 1949; if he is now aware that the parents are not blameworthy; and if he is satisfied that the provisions of the Education Acts have been properly carried out in respect of these children.

Miss Herbison

I have seen the letter and have also had inquiry made locally. On the fuller information now available I agree that there were reasonable grounds for the parents' refusal of the conveyance offered. I feel, however, that the offer to have the children taught in the house, as had been the practice with a previous family, might have been accepted. I am satisfied that the authority did what they could to discharge their statutory duty in circumstances of exceptional difficulty.

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