HC Deb 05 August 1975 vol 897 cc154-5W
Mr. Reid

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on his policy in regard to the provision of State boarding education for children of parents resident abroad who wish their children educated within the Scottish educational system.

Mr. William Ross

I have no evidence of a need for the provision within the public education sector of boarding facilities for the children of parents resident abroad which would justify giving it a high priority in present circumstances. Financial assistance towards the costs of a boarding education is available where appropriate under the Government's Central Bursaries Scheme for children of secondary age whose parents are temporarily resident abroad. Where residence abroad is permanent, contracts of employment often include allowances to enable children to be educated in this country.