§ 102. Sir G. Fox
asked the Minister of Education if she is satisfied with the competence of local education authorities in regard to the appointment of staff to primary and secondary schools and col- 84W leges for higher vocational education; what safeguards exist under her regulations for ensuring that the local education authorities obtain the best possible technical advice in respect of each grade of appointment and the extent to which any such advice is taken.
§ Miss Wilkinson
Yes, Sir. As regards primary and secondary schools, the qualifications required for teaching posts are laid down in the appropriate Regulations and Circular 3o of which I am sending the hon. Member copies. For posts in technical educations, there are also recognised qualifications which are familiar to local education authorities. No requirements exist in the Regulations as to seeking technical advice, but I am satisfied that it is the practice of authorities and governing bodies to avail themselves of the best expert advice in making appointments.