HC Deb 23 May 1946 vol 423 cc510-1
19. Mr. Ralph Morley

asked the Minister of Education how many of the 20,000 teachers in the Forces have now been released under Class A and Class B.

The Minister of Education (Miss Ellen Wilkinson)

Up to 30th April, 8,491 teachers, including Scottish teachers, had been released from the Forces in Class B. No information is available on the number released in Class A, but up to 31st March, 1946, the total number of teachers who had returned from all types of war service to schools or colleges maintained or aided by local education authorities in England and Wales alone, was 13,467. The total number of English and Welsh teachers released, which should be compared with the figure of 20,000 mentioned by my hon. Friend, cannot be stated precisely, but it must be substantially more than 13,000.