HC Deb 11 June 1942 vol 380 cc1231-2
27. Mr. Harvey

asked the President of the Board of Education whether, having regard to the war bonus granted to teachers in accordance with the Burn-ham Committee's recommendations, consideration has been given to the difficult position of many retired teachers in receipt of teachers' pensions or superannuation allowances; and whether any steps can be taken, in co-operation with local education authorities, to remedy the situation that has arisen?

Mr. Ede

The general question of increasing teachers' pensions to compensate for the higher cost of living is part of a larger question affecting pensioners of all classes. Teachers cannot be considered alone, and my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer has more than once indicated that he cannot contemplate an all-round increase.

Mr. Harvey

Although teachers cannot be considered alone, could not the President of the Board of Education put their very hard case before the Chancellor of the Exchequer?

Mr. Ede

May I say it is clear from the answer that my right hon. Friend has been in touch with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on this matter?