HC Deb 05 June 1951 vol 488 c799
27. Mr. Malcolm MacPherson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland of how many members the National Committee for the Training of Teachers at present consists; and how many of these are or have been teachers.

Miss Herbison

There are 45 members, who, by the minute of constitution, must be elected from amongst the members of the education committees of the education authorities. So far as I can ascertain, five of the 45 are or have been teachers.

Mr. MacPherson

Does my hon. Friend consider this to be the correct proportion?

Miss Herbison

The National Committee meets formally only once a year. Its work is really carried out by the Central Executive Committee. All the members of the Central Executive Committee do not come from the National Committee. There are on the Central Executive Committee 21 members, two of whom must be teachers. At the present time I understand that another five members are, or have been teachers, so that one-third of the members of the Committee which really does the work are teachers.

Sir H. Williams

On a point of order. The last three Questions have been asked by a Parliamentary Private Secretary. [HON. MEMBERS: "No."] Is not that a little undesirable? Why cannot these matters be settled in the office?

Mr. Speaker

I did not hear what the hon. Member said, but I am sure it was not a point of order.