HC Deb 27 January 1944 vol 396 c848
35. Sir A. Knox

asked the President of the Board of Education the number of men and women teachers; and the number of each belonging to the National Union of Teachers.

Mr. Butler

Owing to the need for reducing the collection of statistics to a minimum in war-time, complete figures are not available for a date later than 31st March, 1938. On that date the number of men and women teachers respectively employed full-time in public elementary schools, certified special schools, grant-aided secondary schools and technical schools was 65,964 and 133,220. I am informed that the present membership of the National Union of Teachers exceeds 150,000, but I have not had separate figures for men and women.

Sir A. Knox

Has it not been possible to count the teachers since the war started?

Mr. Butler

I have given my hon. and gallant Friend some fairly elaborate statistics, which I think should satisfy him.