HC Deb 21 April 1932 vol 264 cc1620-1

asked the President of the Board of Education whether, when a year ago the Burnham Committee were reviewing the salary scales for teachers, any restrictions on their freedom of action were imposed by the Government?


Yes, Sir; my right hon. Friend, Mr. Lees-Smith, writing on the 17th April, 1931, to Lord Burnham to invite the Committees to continue their work of dealing with the salary problem, said: The Government axe anxious that in extending this invitation to the Committees, I should make it clear that any conclusions at which they may arrive should be regarded as provisional, in the sense that the Government cannot commit themselves to their acceptance for grant purposes without first making a careful examination of their financial implications. In connection with this examination the Government will necessarily have to take into consideration any recommendations as to the service of education which may be made by the Committee on National Expenditure, which has recently been set up under the Chairmanship of Sir George May.