HC Deb 29 November 1961 vol 650 cc66-7W
Mr. Malcolm MacMillan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland why he has not included in the membership of the Wheatley Committee, reviewing matters concerning the teaching profession in Scotland, representatives of the area embrasing the counties of Ross and Cromarty, Inverness, Caithness and Sutherland, Orkney and Zetland; and if he will now add such representatives to the Committee and its working parties, including persons with experience of the conditions in island areas.

Mr. Maclay

The persons appointed to the Wheatley Committee and to the four working parties were nominated for that purpose by the associations of local authorities and of teachers and by the other bodies concerned. In addition I appointed three independent members who were chosen for their personal qualities and experience. The matters which are to be considered by the Committee and the working parties are not of a kind that involve specific regional considerations, and I do not consider that it would be appropriate to add members chosen by reason of their experience of particular areas.