§ 72. Mr. GROVES
asked the President of the Board of Education if he has received protests from local education authorities respecting the financial bearing of the school teachers' superannuation fund; whether his attention has been called to the resolution passed recently by the West Ham Education Committee, expressing satisfaction at the efforts of the Association of Education Committees to protect the interests of local authorities, and protesting strongly against the Board of Education continuing to press for a contribution from local education authorities towards the school teachers' superannuation fund; and, as any such proposal would result in an increase in the financial burden of local rates, will he consider this position and make any such charge a national one?
§ The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Lord Eustace Percy)
The answer to the first two parts of the question is in the affirmative: as regards the last part, I may refer the hon. Member to my reply of the 2nd April to the hon. Member for Kidderminster (Mr. Wardlaw-Milne), a copy of which I am sending him.
§ 76. Sir CYRIL COBB
asked the President of the Board of Education what proportion of the £4,890,000 which, according to the Government actuary, will become due for the payment of teachers' pensions in 1928-29, will be payments relating to services rendered by 590 teachers before 1st June, 1922; and whether he can state at what date the payments relating to services rendered after 1st June, 1922, will absorb the total sum made up by the combined annual percentage contributions of the teachers together with those of the local education authorities?
§ Lord E. PERCY
The proportion of the cost of pensions, &c., in 1928-29 attributable to service before 1st June, 1922, is estimated by the Government Actuary at approximately 90 per cent. With regard to the second part of the question, the answer depends upon whether the combined percentage contributions of the teachers and employers is taken to be the gross figure of 10 per cent. or the net figure after deduction of grant. On the assumption that the numbers of teachers and their salaries remain at the present, level, the date when payments relating to services rendered after 1st June, 1922, will equal the gross contributions of 10 per cent. payable by teachers and employers is estimated to be about 1951. If comparison be made with the net contribution, the date is about 1945.