HC Deb 03 March 1986 vol 93 cc56-7W
Mr. Wilson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will specify what savings were made by closing (a) Callendar Park college of education, (b) Hamilton college of education and by the merger of Notre Dame and Craiglockhart colleges into one college.

Mr. Allan Stewart

[pursuant to his answer, 13 February, c. 504–5.]: Capital receipts of £270,000 in 1982–83 and £410,000 in 1983–84 accrued from the sale of the former Hamilton college of education and £1.4 million will be realised in 1986–87 as the Exchequer's share of the proceeds from the sale of the former Craiglockhart college of education. Part of the former Callendar Park college of education is at present occupied by the Forth Valley health board it is expected that this accommodation will be vacated early in 1987, after which it is intended to dispose of the property.

In 1983–84, the first complete year following the closures and merger in question, an estimated overall saving of £2.3 million on grant-aided expenditure accured from the reduction in the number of colleges of education. In the same financial year, offsetting expenditure of £1.5 million was incurred on compensation payments to staff made redundant at the colleges affected.