HC Deb 21 February 1952 vol 496 cc59-60W
110. Mr. C. I. Orr-Ewing

asked the Minister of Education how many trained science teachers are lacking to fill vacancies in grammar, technical and modern secondary schools, respectively, in England, Scotland and Wales; and what additional steps she has in mind to recruit the necessary teachers.

Miss Horsbrugh

I have no information as to unfilled vacancies, but we are certainly not recruiting as many graduate teachers of science as we should like in order to meet the actual and prospective needs of the schools in England and Wales. Any questions as to Scotland should be put to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State. The solution of our difficulties depends primarily on establishing a better relation between the total output of science graduates from univer- sities and the total demand for their services in all forms of employment. The problem is not one which can be solved by my Department alone, but I shall certainly make every effort to help towards its solution.

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