§ Mr. Raymond S. Robertson
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has any plans to reclassify physical education as a practical subject in Scottish secondary schools.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
It is the responsibility of local authorities, in consultation with headteachers, to determine the deployment of teaching staff in circumstances which may call for formation of smaller groups for certain purposes. Development of the school curriculum may mean that some classes formerly regarded as non-practical may now contain practical elements; the converse may also be true. The most recent statistics on average class sizes in physical education are set out in SOED Statistical Bulletin C7/1992/3 issued in February this year, a copy of which has been placed in the Library.