HC Deb 30 November 1973 vol 865 c241W
Mr. David Steel

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list in the OFFICIAL REPORT those secondary schools in Scotland which at 31st October 1973 or latest available date had teacher shortages of (a) 10 or more teachers ; (b) 20 or more teachers, and (c) 30 or more teachers.

Mr. Gordon Campbell

There are at present no prescribed or generally agreed staffing standards by which to judge whether a school is short of teachers. The following is, however, an indication of the numbers of schools in which at September 1973 the teaching staff fell short of the complements proposed in my Department's report on secondary school staffing for progressive attainment over the next few years.

Number of teachers short Number of schools
10–19 68
20–29 16
30 or over 1

Since the standards are still the subject of consultation with the interested bodies, I do not think it desirable to name the schools concerned.