§ Mr. Reid
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) if he will make a statement on the integration of Dollar Academy with the local authority sector of education, with special reference to the geographical area to be served by the school;
(2) if he will make a statement on the discussions between his Department and the governors of Dollar Academy in relation to the future status of the school.
§ Mr. William Ross
My Department met representatives of the board of managers of Dollar Academy on 21st May to discuss the future of the school in the light of the Government's decision to phase out the grant. The managers had at that time reached no decision and they were invited to discuss the possibilities of integration with the Central Region. There was also a meeting between the Department and representatives of the Central Region Council on 9th June at which the Government's policy was explained. Since then school managers have been asked to indicate their firm intentions by the end of September. In the event of integration, the geographical area to be served by the school will be a matter for consideration by the education authority in the first instance.