§ 92. Mr. Mott-Radclyffe
asked the Minister of Education whether he has yet given consideration to the extension of the regulations under the Teachers' (Superannuation) Act, to provide for a pension to the widow of a school teacher who dies shortly before he has qualified for his own pension.
§ Mr. Tomlinson
This matter has already received, and is still receiving my consideration. As I informed the hon. Member a year ago, new legislation would be required, and particularly in view of the difficult financial problems involved. I can make no statement on the question at present.
§ Mr. F. Harris
asked the Minister of Education what is the number of male teachers employed in the schools of England and Wales at the end of the last financial year; the total amount of their contributions to the Teachers' Super; annuation Fund for that year; the number of women teachers employed in the schools of England and Wales at the end of the last financial year; and the total amount of their contributions to the Teachers' Superannuation Fund for that year.
§ Mr. Tomlinson
The information is not yet available. The position on 31st March, 1949 was that about 86,000 men and about 135,000 women teachers were employed in contributory service under the Teachers (Superannuation) Acts, their contributions to the Teachers' Superannuation Account being at the approximate annual rates of £2,350,000 and 249W £2,750,000 respectively. In addition there were 2,000 men teachers and 3,770 women teachers in contributory service under special schemes made under Section 21 (1) (a) of the Teachers (Superannuation) Act, 1925, their contributions to the separate accounts under the schemes being at the approximate annual rates of £70,000 and £75,000 respectively.