§ Mr. G. M. Thomson
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland which Scottish local authorities do not have their own children's department.
§ Mr. Noble
Each of the 55 local authorities with child care responsibilities has its own children's officer—full or part time—with appropriate staff, with the following exceptions
- (1) There is one child care staff serving the combined area of Midlothian, East Lothian and Peebleshire and a similar joint appointment by Dumfries shire and Dumfries burgh.
- (2) In the counties of Berwick, Bute, Moray and Nairn and Selkirk and in the burghs of Airdrie, Ayr and Coat bridge the authorities' child care and welfare functions are carried out by the same staffs but under the supervision of separate children's and welfare committees.