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School Journeys Written Answer, 02/12/13 [S]

Written Answer given in response to Jim Hume's (LD) question asking the Scottish Government what considerations local authorities have to make regarding the length of journeys to school and how school journey times should be calculated.

The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Michael Russell, replied that local authorities have a duty under the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 to make such arrangements as they consider necessary for the transport between home and school of pupils residing and attending schools in their area. In considering these arrangements, authorities are required to have regard to the safety of the pupil.

Local authorities are best placed to decide what constitutes a reasonable travel time based on their knowledge of their area.

For full details see the Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 2 December 2013 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 2 December 2013