§ Mrs. Margaret Ewing
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he intends to instigate an investigation, similar to the Elton investigation in England and Wales, into discipline in Scottish schools.
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
No. We commissioned the Scottish Council for Research in Education in October to carry out a major study aimed at identifying effective practical strategies for maintaining discipline in schools and classrooms. We do not consider that a further independent inquiry in Scotland at this time is warranted; but we shall study the Elton report, when it is received, for any implications it may have for Scotland.