HC Deb 26 June 1930 vol 240 cc1353-4W

asked the President of the Board of Education how many of the 4,000 women teachers who have or will have retired by 1932–33 are expected to have retired by 31st March in the years 1931, 1932 and 1933, respectively; and how many of these are expected to have retired on account of marriage or on reaching pensionable age?

The number of 4,000 retired or retiring women teachers, given in my speech on the Second Reading of the Education Bill, as likely to be available in 1932–33, if needed, does not include any teachers retiring on reaching the pensionable age, but only certificated women teachers withdrawing from service on marriage. There are at least 2,000 thousand such withdrawals annually, and my estimate was based on this general consideration and not on the numbers likely to be retiring in any particular year.

asked the President of the Board of Education how many of the 1,000 teachers expected to be retained in the profession after reaching pensionable age are men and how many women; and how many of each are expected to reach that age by 31st March in the years 1931, 1932, and 1933, respectively?

I anticipate that the numbers of men and women retained in teaching service after reaching the pensionable age will be roughly equal. In normal circumstances about 1,200 certificated teachers would probably retire on pension each year, at an average age of about 62.

asked the President of the Board of Education if he will state the number of teachers who completed their training in two-year training colleges in the years ending July, 1926, 1927, 1928, and 1929, respectively, and the number who are expected to complete their training next month, giving separate figures for men and women?

The numbers are as follow:

 Teachers (men and women) who completed two years' training. Year ending July— Men. Women. Total. 1926 1,317 4,359 5,676 1927 1,348 4,447 5,795 1928 1,240 4,421 5,661 1929 1,344 4,398 5,742 1930 (expected output) 1,226 4,274 5,500