HC Deb 13 December 1945 vol 417 cc601-2
33. Mr. Murray

asked the Minister of Education whether she is aware that a qualified teacher, R. Anderson, 26, Craddock Street, Spennymoor, County Durham, has been released from His Majesty's Forces to return to the teaching profession under scheme B, was brought back to this country by air, has been employed nine days and at present is out of a job; and if she will take steps to sec that this young man is engaged at an early date.

Miss Wilkinson

I am aware that Mr. R. Anderson was released under Class B and was appointed as from 5th November to a teaching post under the Durham County Education Authority. He was not on the permanent teaching staff of this authority before he was called up and the post to which he was appointed was only a temporary one, but the authority did not expect when they made the appointment that it would be of such short duration. I understand that he has since been given another teaching appointment in the authority's service.

Mr. George Thomas

Is the right hon. Lady aware that there is increasing need for improving the machinery for letting these Class B release men know where the teaching vacancies are? There is quite a pocket of these people who have been released and cannot get jobs.

Miss Wilkinson

I should like to know where any such pocket is, and if the hon. Member will give me the information, I shall be glad to dip into it at once.

Mr. Thomas

I will do so.

Mr. Murray

Is there any likelihood of this appointment being any longer than nine days?

Miss Wilkinson

I have already said that the gentleman in question has been given another teaching post.