§ 23. Mr. Sheldon
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science it he will make a statement about the process of raising the school-leaving age in 1972–73.
§ Mr. Edward Short
As I informed the House on 1st November, I hope to make an announcement before long on the special building programme allocation for raising the school-leaving age.
§ Mr. Sheldon
Will my right hon. Friend confirm that there will be no hindrance to the commitment to raise the school-leaving age in 1972–73 either 1825 by the building programme or by the supply of teachers?
§ Sir E. Boyle
Is the Minister aware that it is not the intake that bothers us but the cutting down, as announced by some authorities, of the take-up of part-time teachers? When does he hope to make a statement on this subject? We feel that it is very urgent that one should be made.
§ Mr. Short
I think that the right hon. Gentleman means on teacher supply, and not the raising of the school-leaving age. The number of part-time teachers this year is 1,000 up on last year in full-time equivalents, so there has been no overall cutting down but considerable building up. As I said just now, I shall be publishing before Christmas projections of teacher supply and demand stretching well into the future.