HC Deb 21 May 1980 vol 985 cc221-2W
Mr. John MacKay

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has decided the amounts of maintenance grants to be made available to the grant-aided secondary schools in 1980–81; and if he will state his policy for this grant in future years.

Mr. Younger

I shall lay before the House as soon as possible regulations providing for grants of the amounts shown below.

As already announced, I intend, as grant for assisted places builds up from 1981–82 onwards, to phase the maintenance grant out over a period of five years. The effect of this will be broadly that the sum of public expenditure on maintenance grant and assisted places grant will remain constant in real terms.

I propose, however, to make an exception in the case of St. Mary's music school which differs radically from the other grant-aided schools in that it provides specialist musical education. The grant proposed for it in 1980–81 represents a higher proportion of its maintenance costs than is proposed for the other schools and my intention is to keep it at that higher level for a period of three years, after which the position can be reviewed. In recognition of the distinction between St. Mary's and the other grant-aided secondary schools separate regulations relating to it will be laid before the House.

Dollar Academy 188,770
Benedictine Convent School 43,150
St. Joseph's College 88,200
Albyn School for Girls 89,030
Robert Gordon's College 233,760
St. Margaret's School 89,500
George Heriot's School 222,650
St. Mary's Music School 30,000
Craigholme School for Girls 103,630
Kelvinside Academy 119,990
Laurel Bank School 109,040
St. Aloysius' College 167,210
Westbourne School for Girls 100,450
High School of Dundee 238,860
Daniel Stewart's and Melville College)
George Watson's College ) 929,390
The Mary Erskine School for Girls )
Hutcheson's Grammer School 268,440
The Park School )
St. Colomba's School ) 222,650
Morrison's Academy 178,800

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