§ Mr. Ernie Ross
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish a table showing the percentage of children receiving pre-school education, nursery school, nursery class or primary school class, where appropriate, for Scotland and each European Economic Community country; and if he will give a percentage breakdown per year group.
§ Mr. Alexander Fletcher
The latest information available on provision for pre-school children in education authority schools in Scotland is contained in SED statistical bulletin No. 6/A2/1982, a copy of which was sent to the hon. Member; the bulletin is also available in the Library.
The varying circumstances of pre-school provision in other European Community countries make a comparison in tabular form impracticable. Total numbers of pupils receiving pre-school education in European Countries are given in the "Eurostat—Education and Training Statistics" and in the "Educational Statistics in OECD Member Countries", copies of which are also available in the Library.