§ 19. Mr. Charles Morrison
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many local education authorities have now informed him of their intention to employ fewer part-time teachers in 1969–70 than they did in 1968–69.
§ Mr. Edward Short
Local education authorities are not required to inform me when they modify their policies on matters within their discretion, such as the employment of teachers.
§ Mr. Morrison
Although that may be so, in view of the widespread anxiety felt on this score, would it not be a good idea if the Secretary of State instituted some inquiries? May we conclude from his Answer that he is satisfied with the present situation?
§ Mr. Short
I collect statistics on this matter. Between October last year and February this year there was an increase of 800 full-time equivalents. That is many more teachers, of course. In February this year the figure was the highest ever—approaching the 20,000 mark. Overall, the position is very satisfactory, although I realise that one or two authorities are cutting down.