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School Transport

Volume 972: debated on Friday 2 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many pupils of each age group receive free school transport; and how many of those pupils attend denominational schools.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the estimated cost of free school transport.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will list details of the free school transport scheme operated by each local education authority in Scotland.

My information is that nine authorities provide free transport for children who would have to walk more than the statutory distances—2 miles up to the age of 8 and 3 miles thereafter—with minor local or seasonal variations in four cases. Fife and Lothian reduce the walking distance to 2 miles for the over-eights, and Strathclyde operate distances of 1 mile for all primary and 2 miles for all secondary pupils.