HC Deb 15 November 1939 vol 353 cc717-8
76. Mr. Salt

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education what is the position of unemployed teachers in evacuated areas, and how will it affect their pensions; and, in view of their serious financial position, will he take action to assist them especially remembering that theirs is a reserved occupation which prevents them from doing paid war work or being employed in paid posts on Civil Defence?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education (Mr. Kenneth Lindsay)

I am not aware that there are many unemployed teachers in the evacuation areas except possibly those from private schools, whose service is not as a rule pensionable under the Teachers (Superannuation) Acts. Most teachers in these areas are being employed, pending the re-opening of the schools, in the activities suggested in Circular 1479, of which I am sending my hon. Friend a copy. The reservation of teachers does not prevent them from undertaking forms of paid war work which are not covered by the Schedule of Reserved Occupations. Women teachers from private schools are now excluded from the operation of the Schedule.