HC Deb 05 April 1967 vol 744 cc227-8
25. Mr. Dempsey

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if, with a view to encouraging university graduates into the teaching profession, he will pay them the first-year salary scale as soon as they enter the college of education; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Millan

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply given to my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow, Shettleston (Sir M. Galpern), on 19th December last.—[Vol. 738, c. 235.]

Mr. Dempsey

Will my hon. Friend bear in mind that English graduates entering the teaching profession after university do receive a first-year salary? Does he not think that Scottish graduates who are prepared to enter training colleges should receive similar consideration?

Mr. Millan

I do not know whether the suggestion is that we should not have teacher training for graduates. We would not want, nor do I think would teachers want, to draw too close parallels with what happens in England. Many other graduates require training and this proposition would have very considerable implications. We do not feel that at the moment we could possibly implement it.