§ 69. Commander SOUTHBY
asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware that the number of women teachers who break down in health every year between the ages of 56 and 60 is increasing; and if he will consider the introduction of a scheme whereby women teachers can be granted optional retirement to begin at the age of 55?
§ Sir C. TREVELYAN
The figures in my possession do not suggest that there is any substantial increase in the number of women teachers who break down in health between the ages of 55 and 60. Provision for such cases is already made in the Teachers (Superannuation) Act, 1925, and I cannot undertake to initiate legislation to provide for optional retirement on pension at an age less than 60.