HC Deb 16 June 1927 vol 207 c1157

asked the President of the Board of Education how many and which authorities have agreed to discharge teachers, to make no new appointments, or otherwise to cut down their staffs, as a result of representations made to them by the Board?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Lord Eustace Percy)

In 55 cases out of the 301 so far approved for 1927–28, the establishment approved was less than that originally proposed, but in a number of these cases the reduction was due to the discovery of miscalculations or other causes, and not to any pressure from the Board. I do not think that I should be justified in undertaking the considerable expenditure of time and labour which would be required to make an analysis of each individual case.


Does the Noble Lord not think that now we have an increased number of school children there is an opportunity not only for keeping the staff we have, but for making better provision in our schools, in regard to staffing?


The answer is that there is not an increase in the number of children and, in the second place, there is an increase in the number of teachers.