HC Deb 31 May 1951 vol 488 cc378-9
8. Miss Irene Ward

asked the Minister of Education how many teachers applied to go to Europe last year under the Exchange of Teachers Scheme; how many went; and what was the reason for the small number for which firm plans were made.

Mr. Tomlinson

Forty-seven applications were received. Twelve were appointed of whom three withdrew at a late stage. A number of applicants did not have the appropriate qualifications. These interchange schemes are, moreover, based on an exchange of equal numbers of teachers and a shortage of suitable foreign candidates reduced the number of interchange posts available for English teachers.

Miss Ward

Is the Minister aware there was very great disappointment after applicants had been asked to send in their names? Will he try to see there is a more successful scheme during this coming year?

Mr. Tomlinson

I cannot guarantee there will never be any disappointments because every time there are more applicants than there are places somebody is disappointed.