HC Deb 21 February 1963 vol 672 c629
27. Mrs. White

asked the Minister of Education what investigation he has made into the operation of the quota for teachers in areas in which there may be a substantial number of immobile teachers.

Sir E. Boyle

I have recently put in hand some inquiries into the working of the quota arrangements for the distribution of teachers. One of my objects is to test the views which I have heard expressed that immobile teachers are not being as fully employed in the schools as they might be.

Mrs. White

Can we all agree that the quota is rather a blunt instrument? Will the Minister do everything he can to expedite this inquiry and make certain that we are not wasting any possible available teachers?

Sir E. Boyle

I agree entirely. It is highly important that immobile teachers should be employed to the fullest extent in their own localities, both to increase the total number of teachers and also to help more mobile teachers to find their way to the shortage areas.

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