§ 18. Major Anstruther-Gray
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received on behalf of Chapter VI Diploma Teachers 1116 in Further Education; and whether he will make a statement.
§ Mr. J. Stuart
It has been claimed that the qualifications of these teachers entitle them to be classified in a higher group than is proposed in the draft of the Teachers' Salaries (Scotland) (Amendment No. 1) Regulations, 1955. This claim is being discussed with representatives of the National Joint Council today, and my decision will be incorporated in Regulations which I hope to lay before the House before the end of this month.
§ Major Anstruther-Gray
May I take it from that reply that my right hon. Friend will not dismiss the claim of this section of teachers without due consideration?
§ Mr. Woodburn
May I take it from that that the Secretary of State is not definite about the draft regulations, that they will, if necessary, be amended before they are presented to the House, and that he will consider any representations made to him as to their modification?
§ 19. Mr. Willis
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has now made a decision concerning the monthly payment of teachers' pensions as a result of the representations made to him by the Educational Institute of Scotland.
§ Mr. J. Stuart
Not yet. As I said in my reply to the hon. Member for Dundee, East (Mr. G. M. Thomson) on 14th December, this matter can be raised in the course of the discussions on teachers' superannuation with the teachers and local authorities which started on 16th February.
§ Mr. Willis
In view of the very long time that this matter has been under consideration, does the right hon. Gentleman not think that it is time he made a decision? What are the difficulties which prevent him from making a decision?
§ Mr. Stuart
The hon. Member must be aware of some of the difficulties in view of the Bill which was before the House in the previous Session. Other important matters have to be considered 1117 in addition to that which the hon. Member has raised in this Question. I do not think that the particular matter to which his Question refers should be treated in isolation.