HC Deb 19 February 1947 vol 433 cc1153-4
26. Mr. Morley

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will see that the headmaster's bonus, in respect of the year 1945. is paid to the headmasters of government and native authority schools in Northern Nigeria is well as in the rest of Nigeria.

The Secretary of State for the Colonies (Mr. Creech Jones)

I am informed that no bonus is paid to headmasters of Government or native authority schools anywhere in Nigeria. The question, therefore, does not arise.

Mr. Keeling

Now that the Nigerian Legislative Council includes elected representatives of Northern Nigeria, would it not be proper that these headmasters should ask one of their representatives on that Council to raise the matter there instead of referring it to this House particularly in view of the reply given?

Mr. Creech Jones

I am not aware that this matter has been raised by the headmasters.

27. Mr. Morley

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if, when he takes his final decision on the report of the Harrigan Commission on Salaries, he will secure that the salaries of non-government teachers in Nigeria are levelled up to those of government teachers.

Mr. Creech Jones

The Nigerian Government are appointing a committee to make early recommendations for new salary scales for teachers employed by voluntary agencies, and until it has reported I shall not be in a position to give a definite answer to this Question.

Mrs. Leah Manning

Has my right hon. Friend given advice to the committee that the salaries of non-Government teachers should approximate those of teachers employed by the Government?

Mr. Creech Jones

Surely, this is a matter for the committee and the representatives from the National Union of Teachers.

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