HC Deb 08 February 1951 vol 483 c1919
26. Mr. G. Thomas

asked the Minister of Education whether he is aware of the varying policies of local education authorities with regard to financial assistance for teachers attending recognised refresher courses; and what action he proposes to take.

Mr. Tomlinson

I attach importance to refresher courses, and hope that local education authorities will assist teachers to attend them, according to their need. The authorities are well aware of my attitude, and I pay grant on reasonable expenditure incurred in assisting teachers to attend courses. But such assistance is rightly left to the discretion of the authorities.

Mr. Thomas

Will my right hon. Friend try to get the same result on this matter as that which he so successfully achieved in connection with the previous question?

Mr. Tomlinson

The same people, with the Minister's assent, have drafted a circular appealing for the same response.