HC Deb 19 November 1925 vol 188 c563

asked the President of the Board of Education, in view of the fact that prior to the passing of the Teachers' Superannuation Act, 1918, women teachers married to aliens were not on this ground disqualified from pension benefits, and in view of the statement that eligibility for superannuation is restored to such married women teachers by the terms of the Teachers' Superannuation Act, 1925, is it the intention of the Government to continue to refuse pension benefits just to that small number of married women teachers who retired between the years 1918 and 1925, having served the required period of recorded service, or will the Government reconsider this matter with a view to placing these married women teachers on the same footing as their men and women colleagues?

Duchess of ATHOLL

My right hon. Friend is afraid that he has no power under the terms of the Teachers (Superannuation) Acts to give pension benefits to teachers who are not British subjects and are not in contributory service after the 31st March, 1926.