HC Deb 23 May 1946 vol 423 cc513-4
21. Mr. G. Thomas

asked the Minister of Education if she is aware of the decision of the Glam organ County Council to dismiss a married woman teacher on grounds of pregnancy; and whether she proposes to take action under Section 68 of the Education Act, 1944, to prevent this dismissal

Miss Wilkinson

I understand that the Glam organ Education Committee have discussed the question of terminating the employment of a married woman teacher on grounds of pregnancy, but that no teacher has, as yet, been dismissed in such circumstances. In my opinion, the dismissal of a married woman teacher in any county or voluntary school solely on grounds of pregnancy is precluded by Section 24 (3) of the Education Act, 1944. In other cases I have advised that suitable periods of leave of absence should be granted. This opinion is being brought. to the notice of the local education authority.

Mr. Thomas

Is the Minister aware that her reply will give satisfaction throughout the teaching profession?