§ Mr. Knox
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland, from information available from international sources, what has been the percentage increase in the number undergoing full- and part-time education in Italy since 1958–59; and how this compares with the percentage increase during the same period in Scotland.
§ Mr. Gordon Campbell
Between 1958–59and 1967–68, the latest year for which information is available, the number of children attending schools, excluding special schools, in Italy appears to have increased by 14.5 per cent. compared with an increase of 6.4 per cent. in Scotland. This comparison is not wholly reliable since the statistics for the two countries are compiled on different bases. Moreover, variations in actual numbers depend on demographic as well as educational considerations. Information about numbers in further and higher education in Italy is not readily available and cannot be obtained without disproportionate expense.