HC Deb 10 March 1955 vol 538 cc595-6
20. Mr. Fenner Brockway

asked the Minister of Education if Her Majesty's Government will now accept the recommendation of the Burham Committee that the principle of equal pay for women and men in the teaching profession should be realised over a period of six years.

23. Miss Ward

asked the Minister of Education when he hopes to make a statement on the recommendation of the Burnham Committee that equal pay should be introduced in the teaching service.

Sir D. Eccles

The Burnham Committee's recommendations for equal pay have not yet been submitted to me. They are at present being considered by the associations represented on the committee.

Mr. Brockway

When they are submitted, in view of the acceptance by this House of the principle of equal pay and the promise of the Government that it would be applied as rapidly as possible, will the right hon. Gentleman consider shortening the period of six years which is now proposed?

Sir D. Eccles

I do not think it would be right for me to say anything until I have had the recommendations of the Committee.