HC Deb 04 November 1948 vol 457 cc104-5W
86. Mr. Mott-Radclyffe

asked the Minister of Education whether he is aware of the hardship and inconvenience caused to individuals who have been accepted for training as school teachers under the Emergency Training Scheme by the period of delay, in certain cases up to 2½ years, before places can be found for them in teachers' training colleges; and what steps he is taking to reduce this period.

Mr. Tomlinson

As I have previously explained, the long waiting period for men candidates results from my decision to increase the number of training places available for women in order to meet the urgent need for women teachers in the infant and junior schools. As I announced on 23rd September last, I have taken special steps to provide financial assistance to any man with family responsibilities who is suffering genuine hardship from this decision; but I cannot hold out any hope that the period of waiting will be substantially reduced.