§ Lord ROBERT CECIL
asked the Secretary for Scotland whether, under the scheme for pensions for superannuated teachers in Scotland, the proposed pension age is sixty, whereas the age in England is sixty-five; and what is the reason for making a difference between the two countries?
Mr. McKINNON WOOD
The superannuation scheme for teachers in Scotland provides that all teachers who come under the scheme shall retire on attaining the age of sixty-five, but any teacher has the option of retiring with an allowance of a correspondingly reduced amount after he has attained the age of sixty. Under the Scottish scheme the benefits allowed are less because of the optional retirement at sixty than they would have been had the age of sixty-five been adhered to. The difference referred to is only one of the many differences between the two countries as regards education and many other matters. I see no reason why the schemes should be identical.