§ Mr. Nicholas Bennett
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what information his Department has as to the average length of the school day in Scotland in(a) maintained schools and (b) independent schools in 1957, 1967, 1977 and 1987.
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
The average length of day, excluding breaks, in 1984 in education authority primary schools was 5.01 hours and in education authority secondary schools was 5.48 hours. This information is not available centrally in respect of independent schools or education authority nursery and special schools for any years nor for education authority primary and secondary schools in the years requested.