HC Deb 30 April 1975 vol 891 cc175-6W
Mr. Gordon Wilson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) when plans were first drawn up for the reconstruction of Grove Academy, Broughty Ferry, Dundee; and what were the dates when subsequent proposals were produced and their estimated cost on each occasion;

(2) what is the latest estimated date for reconstruction of the Grove Academy, Broughty Ferry, Dundee;

(3) what is the number of pupils now attending Grove Academy, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, and the numbers expected by 1978, 1979, 1980 and 1985, respectively;

(4) how many separate buildings now comprise Grove Academy; what is the distance between each unit; and what was the date of construction of each such unit;

(5) how many pupils can be accommodated to modern recommended standards in Grove Academy, Brought Ferry, Dundee.

Mr. William Ross

In 1971 Dundee Education Authority proposed the replacement of old accommodation at this school on the basis that work would start in 1974–75. Investment for the purpose could not be made available. In July 1973 the authority included in its proposed school building programme for 1975–76 £600,000 for a first phase of a replacement, extension and conversion project. This was to be followed by a second phase in 1977–78, of which the estimated cost was put, in February 1974, at £500,000. Costs have not been provided for a third phase, comprising the conversion work, which the authority indicated it wished to start in 1978–79.

There will be only limited scope in 1975–76 for the improvement and replacement of existing school accommodation, and the amount allocated to the authority for that year is consequently not sufficient to permit a start to be made with this project. I cannot say when it may be possible for the project to be started.

I am asking the Education Authority to write to the hon. Gentleman on the other points he raises.