HC Deb 15 February 1951 vol 484 cc591-2
11. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Minister of Education what is the average size of modern secondary school classes in the urban districts of Essex; to what extent there is a shortage of teachers for these schools; and what action has been taken to prevent any temporary call-up of Reservists adversely affecting teaching staffs.

Mr. Tomlinson

The answer to the first part of the Question is 32.5. I have no information to suggest that there is a shortage of teachers in these schools. So far as the temporary call-up of Z and equivalent reservists is concerned I should not feel justified in seeking special protection for teachers.

Mr. Sorensen

Is the Minister aware that there are some schools in Essex with classes of 40 and 50 children? In view of the increase in the child population of Essex, can he see that a sufficient supply of teachers is reserved for Essex in the coming months?

Mr. Tomlinson

If my hon. Friend will give me information as to the numbers and places, I will look into the matter.