§ 38. Colonel W. THORNE
asked the President of the Board of Education if he is aware that some of the women teachers in the elementary schools under the London County Council will be worse off under the new scheme of salaries that have been fixed by the Education Committee; and if he intends taking action in the matter?
§ 39. Mr. KING
asked the President of the Board of Education whether he has been made aware of the dissatisfaction with the new scale of salaries for elementary female school teachers recently adopted by the London education authority; whether he is aware that though professedly granting increases the scale actually reduces some present salaries in view of future advances, and also reduces the annual increments operative under the previous scale; whether he has power to disallow or to alter the new scale of salaries; and whether, if not, he proposes in the Education Bill to take such powers?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the BOARD of EDUCATION (Mr. Herbert Lewis)
My right hon. Friend understands that some of the women teachers are dissatisfied, and that the substitution of the new scale for the old scale and the war bonus does, in some cases, result in a temporary diminution of the total amounts received. The new scale, however, represents a great advance in the direction of placing the teaching profession in London on a sound footing, and the existing circumstances do not appear to afford any occasion for his intervention.
§ Mr. WHITEHOUSE
Will the right hon. Gentleman state how a scheme which reduces the salaries of London teachers places them on a sounder financial footing?