§ Mr. Gorrie
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will set a timescale within which schools which fall to be registered under section 61 of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968, as amended by section 34 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995, must submit applications to the registration authority after being notified by that authority of the need to register.
§ Mr. Galbraith
The amendment to the 1968 Act by the 1995 Act brought a number of additional schools within the registration provisions. Registration of these schools was not required until 1 April 1997 and schools had adequate opportunity to submit applications. As it is unlawful to run a registrable residential establishment which is not registered, setting a time-scale would not be appropriate. It is for local authorities to take action if applications are not submitted.