HC Deb 24 April 1969 vol 782 c639
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.