§ Mr. Dalyell
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what guidance he gives to local authorities on the frequency of clothing grants.
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
Assistance with clothing under section 54 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 is available only where a pupil is unable to take full advantage of the education offered because of the inadequacy or unsuitability of his clothing. This is a matter for decision by education authorities in the circumstances of individual cases and no central guidance has been issued.