HC Deb 25 May 1976 vol 912 cc194-5W
Mr. Sillars

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many teachers are employed in the nursery school sector; and, of these, how many are employed in Strathclyde as a whole and in Glasgow in particular.

Mr. McElhone

At September 1975 there were 510 teachers—including the full-time equivalent of part-time staff employed in education authority nursery schools in Scotland. Of these 202 were in Strathclyde, including 121 in the Glasgow division.

Mr. Sillars

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish figures showing the number of whole-time nursery school places available per 100 children in the age group three to five years for Scotland as a whole, for each of the regions, for Glasgow and for Lanarkshire.

Mr. McElhone

At September 1975, the provisional numbers of places in education authority nursery schools and classes were as follows:

Region Places
Highland 110
Grampian 1,702
Tayside 1,329
Fife 1,754
Lothian 4,512
Borders 183
Central 454
Strathclyde 9,216
Dumfries and Galloway 101
Orkney 30
Western Isles 25
Scotland 19,416

The total number of places represented provision for 12 per cent. of children aged 3 and 4. Attendance is predominantly part-time. Separate figures for Glasgow and Lanarkshire are not now compiled, and the figures of child population that would be needed to calculate the percentage provision in each region are not available centrally.

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