HC Deb 06 March 1969 vol 779 cc653-4
14. Mr. Wadding ton

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what proportion of 24-year old graduate teachers earn £1,350 per annum.

The Minister of State, Department of Education and Science (Miss Alice Bacon)

Up-to-date information is not available.

Mr. Waddington

Would the Minister bear in mind that some concern has been expressed about the terms of an advertisement which was placed in the Press in December and which rather suggested that a very large proportion of graduates would earn £1,350 per annum at the age of 24? Will she ensure that the Ministry takes care to see that no advertisements which might be considered by the public at large as misleading are placed in the Press?

Miss Bacon

I think that the hon. Gentleman is under a misapprehension. I thought that his Question was concerned with this advertisement—I have a copy of it with me—the details of which made it clear that it was part of our campaign to get science graduates into the schools. The advertisement was about science graduates. In 1966, of the trained science and mathematics teachers with good honours degrees in their sixth year of service, 46 per cent. had become heads of departments and 94 per cent. were receiving responsibility allowances.