HC Deb 19 February 1912 vol 34 cc423-4W

asked the President of the Board of Education (1) whether he is aware that in the county of Glamorgan frequent applications have been made by teachers in non-provided schools to the county education authority that they may be paid salaries granted by that authority to teachers of like service and qualifications in council schools; whether he is aware that, although the local authority have received reports from their officials justifying the applications, no steps have been taken by the local authority to give effect to the provisions of the Education Act, 1902, as interpreted by the House of Lords; whether the Board are now prepared, having regard to the application made on 21st June last, to advise the local education authority that, the question of law having been finally determined, they should now proceed to give effect to the Act of Parliament; (2) whether he is aware that the Cardigan- shire education authority differentiate in their treatment of non-provided and provided schools, thereby violating the Education Act of 1902 as interpreted by the House of Lords in the Swansea case; whether the managers of certain schools appealed in October last to the Board of Education thereon; whether the Board are now prepared to give the necessary instructions to the local education authority; (3) whether he is aware that the Merthyr education authority has refused to pay to teachers in non-provided schools salaries equal in amount to those paid to teachers of similar qualification and experience in provided schools; whether he is aware that the town clerk of Merthyr has advised the local authority that, having regard to the decision of the House of Lords in the Swansea case, the local authority should now pay the same rate of salary in all schools; and whether the Board will be prepared to advise the local authority in accordance with that Report?


I have been in communication in regard to the matter referred to with the local education authorities of Cardiganshire and Glamorgan, and I expect to hear further from them after the next meeting of their respective councils. I have had no official communication in respect of the non-provided schools under the Merthyr Tydvil education authority, but I understand from a copy of the proceedings that the education committee adopted on 13th December, 1911, a recommendation of their salaries committee that after 31st March next the teachers in the non-provided schools should be paid at the same rate as the teachers in the provided or council schools. It must not be assumed to accept the statements of fact and of law contained in these three questions.