HC Deb 23 January 1918 vol 101 cc1009-10W
Major Sir C. HUNTER

asked the President of the Board of Education if he will state the exact meaning of the word "efficiency" as used in regard to the allocation of the Grant recently given to local education authorities, namely, whether the Grant is to be expended wholly or principally in raising existing salaries of teachers, or whether it may be spent in raising salaries, improving the staff status or number, and improving equipment?


The Regulations for the payment of Supplementary Grant, of which I am sending the hon. and gallant Member a copy, do not contain specific directions as to the manner in which that Grant is to be expended, but the Board have expressed the view that the improvement of teachers' salaries is a matter of pressing importance at the present time. The efficient provision of education involves in the Board's opinion the establishment of the teaching service of the country on a sound basis, and every local education authority will be expected to contribute to that end by adopting such measures as are necessary in its area.