§ Mr. Ernie Ross
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many times officials of the Scottish Education Department or Ministers of his Department either met, wrote to or telephoned officials or councillors from Tayside region on the issue of Tayside region's consultation procedure for the closure of primary schools in Dundee since November 1983; and if he will provide details of the communications.
§ Mr. Allan Stewart
Neither Ministers nor officials of my Department have met representatives of Tayside regional council to discuss the authority's consultation procedures. My Department has written to the authority on the question on two occasions. A copy of the letter of 8 December 1983 is available in the Library and that of 15 March 1984 sought the council's comments in connection with complaints lodged in terms of section 70 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980. It is not normal practice to keep a record of individual telephone calls.