§ Mr. McFall
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the number and dates of Her Majesty's inspectorate school inspections in each primary and secondary school in Scotland over the last 10 years.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
The information is extensive. A copy of it has been placed in the Library. It refers only to inspections of primary and secondary schools which led to published reports since publication started in 1983. The lists do not include inspections of nursery, special or independent schools, colleges of further education or colleges of education which led to published reports within the same period; nor do they include the further inspections conducted 12 to 18 months after each full inspection to follow up the recommendations contained in the published report. In addition, visits have taken place on a regular basis to educational institutions for a range of other purposes including follow-up to specific inquiries, gathering evidence for published reports on various aspects of learning and teaching, monitoring implementation of curricular advice, and the incorporation of further education colleges.