HC Deb 16 November 1931 vol 259 cc505-6
57. Mr. HARRIS

asked the President of the Board of Education whether there is any differentiation between the amount of reduction of salaries of teachers made in schools receiving direct grants from the board as opposed to schools receiving salaries through local education authorities?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Sir Donald Maclean)

It is true that the reduction in the board's grant to secondary schools receiving direct aid is a uniform one, and will consequently in some cases amount to less than the sum which would be saved to the school by a 10 per cent. deduction from teachers' salaries. I hesitated to impose any further reduction of grant in view of the likelihood of these schools suffering, in present circumstances, other losses of income, as, for example, through the remission of fees in cases of hardship; but the matter will require further consideration if evidence is forthcoming that a further reduction of grant can reasonably be made in some cases. Circular 1414 made it plain that it was my intention that the 10 per cent. reduction should apply to teachers employed in all secondary schools aided from public funds, nor could I in equity contemplate any differentiation in favour of those schools which receive direct aid from the board.