HC Deb 17 March 1959 vol 602 c201
36. Mr. G. M. Thomson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has considered the Report on measures to improve the supply of teachers in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. N. Macpherson

As some of the recommendations are within the province of bodies which must be consulted before my right hon. Friend can reach his decisions, he has sent the Report to them. He is also issuing a circular dealing with the recommendations that are primarily the concern of education authorities and is himself considering the remaining recommendations.

Mr. Thomson

Is the Joint Under-Secretary aware that this is an exceptionally able and thorough Report? In his considerations will he give special attention to the recommendations for higher salaries, for the payments of pensions to retired teachers who return to work and for the better representation of teachers in the work of education authorities?

Mr. Macpherson

Yes. All these matters will be considered, but, as the hon. Gentleman knows, there are bodies, as the Advisory Committee recognises, which have to be consulted first.