HC Deb 05 July 1951 vol 489 c2481
29. Mr. Dryden Brook

asked the Minister of Education if he will make a statement as to the payment of salaries to teachers called-up for training with the reserve and auxiliary Forces for the period of their absence.

Mr. Hardman

The Reserve and Auxiliary Forces (Protection of Civil Interests) Bill, which is at present before the House, deals with the salary and superannuation position of teachers who are called-up for three months, or longer, under the Reserve and Auxiliary Forces (Training) Act, 1951.

The pay and leave arrangements for teachers who are called-up for 15 days' training as Class Z or Class G reservists are within the discretion of employing authorities. There is no reason, so far as I am concerned why local education authorities should not allow their teachers special leave with pay for either the whole, or part, of the 15 days, whether it falls in term time or holiday time, and any expenditure so incurred would be recognised for Exchequer grant.

Mr. G. Thomas

Is my hon. Friend communicating with local education authorities along those lines?

Mr. Hardman

No general guidance has been issued to local education authorities, but some authorities have applied to my right hon. Friend for advice, and the advice that they have received is along the lines which I have indicated.

Brigadier Prior-Palmer

Will the Minister tell local authorities about the very welcome statement that he has just made?

Mr. Hardman

I think that the publicity given to the answer will certainly get to them.

Mr. Morley

Is the position of teachers in direct-grant schools safeguarded?

Mr. Hardman

I should like to look into that point.