§ Mr. David Steel
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if, in view of his public statement concerning a national reassessment of the provision of social science and applied social studies courses in Scottish central institutions, he will (a) publish the plan upon which this is based, (b) list the professional bodies consulted, (c) list the educational institutions consulted, (d) name the members of the advisory review body and (e) explain the basis of the decisions already taken with regard to the social science and applied social studies degrees at Paisley college of technology.
§ Mr. Younger
The proposed reassessment of social science provision and the decision to discontinue approval of the BA degree in social science at Paisley college of technology are in accordance with the Government's aim to improve the output of graduates qualified in the technical and managerial disciplines necessary for the country's economic recovery. The reassessment will be
Table 1 Unemployment by duration at 5 April 1979 Constituency Travel-to-work area Up to 26 weeks 26 to 52 weeks 52 to 104 weeks 104 to 156 weeks Over 156 weeks Ayr Ayr 2,048 1,025 595 259 349 Edinburgh, Central Edinburgh 8,900 3,264 2,266 861 1,294 Edinburgh, West Edinburgh Pentlands Aberdeen, South Aberdeen 3,086 925 514 115 113 Glasgow, Cathcart Glasgow 25,414 10,101 7,417 2,997 4,864
conducted by the Scottish Education Department in consultation with the college authorities and the appropriate professional bodies.