§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will publish a table giving figures region by region of the schools which have been closed since 1979, as a result of the drop in the school rolls.
§ Mr. Allan Stewart
[pursuant to the reply, 25 November 1985, c. 435]: The information set out in the table relates to gross figures of closures and not the balance of closures over new openings. The figures cover the period January 1979—July 1984, the latest date for which information is currently available, and are based mainly on returns provided by individual education authorities. They do not include temporary closures or closures of nursery or special classes or departments within a school. I am unable to say which closures were effected as a result of falling rolls.
School Closures in Scotland January 1979 to July 1984 Authority Closures Borders 10 Central 7
Authority Closures Dumfries & Galloway 14 Fife 8 Grampian 23 Highland 5 Lothian 10 Orkney — Shetland 1 Strathclyde 75 Tayside 18 Western Isles 6 Total 177