HC Deb 13 March 1947 vol 434 cc238-9W
Lord Willoughby de Eresby

asked the Minister of Education whether approved teachers in schools which have gone independent, who have contributed for a pension in the past under the Superannuation Act, will be able to draw a pension on retirement under this Act or whether they will have to come under Section 21 (1, a) of the Superannuation Scheme, although this may result in a reduction in the rate of pension which they will receive on retirement.

Mr. Tomlinson

Service in a school after the school ceases to be grant-aided is not contributory service under the Teachers' (Superannuation) Acts. If the school elects to come under the scheme for non-grant-aided schools made under Section 21 (1) (a) of the 1925 Act service in it can be treated as contributory service under the conditions of the scheme. These conditions are designed to satisfy the statutory requirement that the contributions payable under the scheme shall be sufficient to meet the cost of the benefits. Where a teacher has service in a grant-aided school under the Acts and also service in a non-grant-aided school under the scheme he can qualify for two pensions, one based on his years of service under the Act and his average salary for the last five years of that service and one based on his years of service under the scheme and his average salary during that service. The question of an alternative scheme providing for better benefits at a higher rate of contribution is under consideration.