§ Mr. Edward Short
There will be a continuing and valued place in the schools for married women returning to teaching, but I see no need for the present to continue advertising on a national scale, as the number of full-time teachers this year will increase by 15,000.
§ Mr. Lane
Will the Minister bear in mind that the temporary stoppage of this advertising has caused concern among teachers, in spite of the optimistic annoucements that he has made in recent months? In view of the psychological importance of it, will he undertake to resume advertising at the first possible opportunity?
§ Mr. Short
I think that it is overstating the position to say that it has caused concern. It was never intended that advertising should be a permanent feature. We have tried to get it regarded as natural that married women teachers should return to teaching. I think that it is accepted now. If we feel that it is necessary to resume advertising, we shall do so.
§ Mr. Gwilym Roberts
Will my right hon. Friend accept that the changing conditions about making grants to mature students are acting as a disincentive to 561 married women to take up teacher training? Is he further aware that, in Luton, these grants have been taken back from students retrospectively which means that, for this term, many are getting hardly any grant at all?
§ Sir E. Boyle
Is the Minister aware that his Answer will be widely regarded as unsatisfactory and even disturbing, especially since married women returners stay in schools when they come back to teaching? Is he further aware that we on this side of the House will seek an occasion to debate this matter before very long?
§ Mr. Short
I have no doubt that the right hon. Gentleman will try to make it cause concern, but I doubt whether it will. I want it to be regarded as natural for a married woman, once her children are sufficiently grown up, to return to teaching. I think that this is now accepted. We do not have to advertise to get it across. It has been got across already.