HC Deb 15 February 1951 vol 484 cc593-4
15. Mr. Hollis

asked the Minister of Education whether approval has been given to the new salary scales for school inspectors.

Mr. Tomlinson

The salary scales of inspectors and organisers employed by local education authorities do not require my formal approval under Section 89 of the Education Act, 1944. I have not yet been notified of the recommendations of the committee which has recently been considering them. When I am I shall consider whether the expenditure of authorities in paying salaries in accordance with the new scales can be admitted for grant from my Department.

Mr. Hollis

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that I did not exactly ask whether he had approved the scales but whether approval had been given to the scales? As I understand the terms of reference of the committee, the scales are subject to ratification by local education authorities and the officers' organisation, and the last phrase is to the effect that the recommendations would come into effect on 1st April. Do I understand that this ratification has not yet been given and that there is, therefore, no assurance that the scales will come into effect as early as 1st April?

Mr. Tomlinson

No, Sir. The position as far as the Ministry is concerned is that if I do not approve them the scales will be a charge on the rates only, but if they are approved by me they will be subject to grant.