§ Mr. Allan Stewart
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received concerning the future of denominational single sex schools in Strathclyde region; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
We received over 400 letters about the proposed closure of Our Lady and St. Francis school and over 3,000 about the proposed closure of Notre Dame high school, Glasgow. Both are denominational girls' schools. In the case of Notre Dame the Secretary of State refused consent to the proposal; but the proposal to close Our Lady and St. Francis was not one which required his consent.