HC Deb 12 February 1942 vol 377 c1563
34. Mr. Hannah

asked the President of the Board of Education whether he will make clear the exact position as to the calling-up of teachers and the return to the schools of those already in the Services?

The President of the Board of Education (Mr. Butler)

The policy decided upon in present circumstances is that teachers over 35 in recognised schools are not to be called up, and those under 35 whose calling-up has been deferred will have their deferments continued. It is another matter, however, where teachers are already in the Services. The criterion for deciding whether the Board can support any application for such teachers to return to the schools is that their services are essential for work in the schools and directly related to the national war effort.

Mr. Lipson

Can the Minister say whether public schools are recognised schools for these purposes?

Mr. Butler

The position of schools not recognised by the Board is set out in Paragraph 5 of Circular 1574.