HC Deb 01 July 1948 vol 452 cc2363-4
61 and 62. Mr. Haydn Davies

asked the Minister of Education (1) whether, in view of the fact that men now undergoing emergency courses for the teaching profession are unable to meet their own and family responsibilities under the present grants, he will consider a new scale to cover such full responsibilities;

(2) whether he is prepared to make ad hoc payments to cover any necessary family expenditure incurred by men now in training for the teaching profession, where such amounts can be proved to be greater than the grant made to them.

Mr. Tomlinson

Grants to students in the Emergency Training Scheme are based on rates recommended to me by the scholarship committees at the various universities and include extra allowances to meet the special needs of these students. I am at present considering whether the present scales are adequate, but I cannot yet make any statement. Meantime, I am always ready to consider any individual case of hardship and, if necessary, to increase the grant so far as I have financial authority to do so.

Mr. Davies

Can the Minister say how long the process of reconsideration is likely to last, and would he, in the meantime, send a copy of his answer to every college, so that all those people in financial distress will know how to secure redress?

Mr. Tomlinson

I have not found any reluctance on the part of members of colleges who have been in difficulties to write to me. I do not see the necessity for the suggestion.