HC Deb 09 July 1968 vol 768 cc56-7W
Mr. Lawson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to promote understanding of the countryside in Scottish schools and other centres of education following the establishment of the Council for Environmental Education.

Mr. Ross

I have appointed a Committee on Education and the Countryside under the chairmanship of Mr. L. B. Young, Director of Education for Perth and Kinross, which will work in association with the Council and be represented on it.

The terms of reference of the Scottish Committee are: To consider what action can be taken at all levels of the educational system to promote wider understanding and a fuller use of the country's natural environment and to make recommendations about how such action can be achieved.

The membership includes representatives of primary and secondary schools, further education colleges, colleges of education, education authorities, universities, the Countryside Commission, the Scottish Field Studies Association and agriculture. There will be assessors from the Nature Conservancy and the Scottish Education Department.