HC Deb 13 December 1912 vol 45 cc959-60W

asked the President of the Board of Education, whether he has had under consideration the case of elementary school teachers, who, from insufficient salary or from family or other reasons, were unable to make the necessary payments required by the Elementary School Teachers (Superannuation) Act, 1898; whether any provision is made under the Elementary School Teachers (Superannuation) Act, 1912, to extend the benefits of that Act to such teachers; and whether, if not, he will take the case of such teachers into consideration with a view to proposing legislation at an early date for the amendment of the Act in this respect?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative and to the second part in the negative. With reference to the third part of the question, I have asked a Departmental Committee to advise me whether the cost of the Amendments of the Elementary School Teachers (Superannuation) Act, 1898, made by the Superannuation Act of 1912, will fall short of the money at my disposal; and if so, to consider, amongst other alternative methods of improving the existing system, proposals for permitting teachers who did not accept the Act to accept it now if otherwise qualified.