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Scots pupils debate banning high interest loans

07 February 2013 | tagged News release

Top talking pupils have won a place in the semi-finals of the Law Society of Scotland's Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament after debating whether high interest loans should be banned.

The winning teams from schools right across Scotland debated the motion "This House would ban companies from lending at exorbitant rates of interest" in second round heats which took place this week. Just 16 out of 64 teams taking part of the second round heats will go through to the semi-finals in March.

The annual competition, which is now the biggest schools' debating tournament in Scotland, invites pupils from schools across Scotland to pit their wits and powers of persuasion against each other.

Heather McKendrick, Development Officer, Education and Training Policy at the Law Society of Scotland, said: "All the pupils who made it through to the second stage heats are to be congratulated. There are always difficult judging decisions to be made when selecting teams to go through to the next rounds - which only get more difficult as the tournament progresses.

"The debate around payday loans companies which charge exorbitant interest rates is a highly topical and challenging issue and it was interesting to hear what the teams make of the arguments in favour and against such a proposal."

For further information about the debating tournament see our website.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please contact Katy Elliot at the Law Society of Scotland for information on individual heats and teams on 0131 226 7411.

Schools through to the semi-finals to date are:

Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen

Craigmount High School, Edinburgh

Lenzie Academy

Trinity High School, Renfrew

Glenalmond College, Perthshire

Nairn Academy

St Margaret's Academy, Livingston

Dollar Academy

Linwood High School, Renfrewshire

Abronhill High School, Cumbernauld

St Aloysius' College, Glasgow

High School of Glasgow

High School of Dundee

Menzieshill High School, Dundee

07 February 2013

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