§ Mr. Alexander Fletcher
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if applicants to teacher training colleges who are not Scottish are, on acceptance, being asked to give an assurance that they will not subsequently seek a teaching post in Scotland; and if an undertaking of this kind conforms with the Government policy.
§ Mr. McElhone
, pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 18th July 1977; Vol. 492W 935, c. 340], gave the following information
The selection of students for admission to teacher training is a matter for the colleges of education. I understand that, as a result of a misunderstanding, one college of education has asked a number of non-Scottish applications to give an asurance that they will not subsequently seek a teaching post in Scotland. This request was not in conformity with Government policy, and no further students are being asked to give this assurance.