§ Sir H. Morris-Jones
asked the Minister of Education whether she will reconsider the present position of supplementary women teachers and improve their pay and rate of pension.
§ Miss Wilkinson
Supplementary teachers have not been regarded as falling within the scope of the Burnham Committee, who have not made any proposals in regard to their salaries. Local education authorities were informed in August last that they should submit to my Department for approval any proposals they wished to make to modify the salaries hitherto approved for supplementary teachers. I am ready to consider any such proposals for the payment of100W salaries at rates which bear a reasonable relationship to the scales laid down in the Burnham Report for other categories of teachers. As regards superannuation the Teachers (Superannuation) Act, 1925, provides that contributions shall be paid on the salary of a teacher and that pension shall be calculated on the length of pensionable service and the average contributory salary for the last five years of that service. It would conflict with the actuarial principle of the Act to provide that pensions of supplementary teachers should be calculated on more service than was actually given or on higher salaries than those which were actually received and on which contributions were paid.