§ Mr. Grimond
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what figures he has as to the effect on costs of closing smaller schools; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Gordon Campbell
For those schools closed in the last 12 months, the net savings estimated by education authorities have ranged from £1,500 to £10,300 per annum for each school. While I take into account expected reductions in costs in considering closure proposals made by an education authority, my first concern is the educational opportunities available to the children.