asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many new primary school places will be provided by the proposed Oxgang Primary School, Kirkintilloch.
The school will provide 680 places.
Is my hon. Friend aware that in the burgh of Kirkintilloch it is feared that we may be repeating the errors of the previous Administration over the last 14 years and providing school accommodation to meet current needs and forgetting to provide for the future? Can my hon. Friend give an assurance that she will not repeat the terrible blunders of the previous Administration but will see that school accommodation provides for future as well as present requirements?
My hon. Friend will know of the study which we have sponsored during the last year into methods of forecasting need for school places arising from population movement. This study is now going on. It is concentrated on the Scottish new towns and the Cumbernauld Development Corporation and the education authority concerned is giving a great deal of help. That will indicate the importance the Government attach to the issue which my hon. Friend has raised.