HC Deb 10 November 1966 vol 735 c1517
14. Sir E. Boyle

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science when he expects to introduce a superannuation scheme for part-time teachers.

Mr. Redhead

The Working Party which has been examining this question has produced an interim report suggesting that a scheme might be introduced in April 1967. My right hon. Friend has sought the views of the appropriate associations on this report, and shall be guided as to the next steps by their replies and by their comments on draft regulations which he will send them as soon as practicable.

Sir E. Boyle

In the time-honoured phrase, is the Minister of State aware that it is really time we had action on this? In view of the anxieties, which are perhaps in some way exaggerated, about the raising of the school-leaving age, is it not highly important that at present we should do everything possible to attract part-time teachers into the service?

Mr. Redhead

I do not dissent in the slightest degree from what the right hon. Gentleman has said as to the urgency of doing something in this connection. The working party is giving further consideration to the detailed development of the scheme and to its possible application to other teachers. The working out of the detailed scheme presents some complications, but it is being proceeded with with all possible speed.