HC Deb 19 October 1939 vol 352 c1006
16. Mr. de Rothschild

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will take into consideration the case of those women teachers deprived of their posts as a result of the school evacuation; and whether he will amend the Schedule of Reserved Occupations so as to permit of their undertaking all suitable forms of National Service, and not only first-aid and nursing?

Mr. E. Brown

I have consulted my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Education and I am not aware that any appreciable number of women teachers in grant-earning schools have been deprived of their posts as a result of the school evacuation. I am, however, considering, in consultation with my right hon. Friend, whether any amendment of the Schedule is desirable to meet the case of women teachers who have lost their employment in private schools.

Mr. Ede

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that very great distress exists among teachers in private schools who are not qualified to teach in public schools, and will he give this matter his attention?

Mr. Brown

That is one of the factors I had in mind when I said we were doing our best to meet the case.