HC Deb 10 December 1953 vol 521 cc271-2W
99. Mr. Gower

asked the Minister of Education what steps she will take to stimulate the recruitment of science graduates to meet future needs in the grammar schools; and what special steps she will take with reference to this problem in Wales.

Miss Horsbrugh

The National Advisory Council on the Training and Supply of Teachers have recently submitted to me a report on graduate teachers of mathematics and science of which I am sending my hon. Friend a copy. It contains a number of suggestions for stimulating recruitment, most of which require consultation with other interests. I am starting these consultations at once. The needs of Wales will be borne in mind throughout.

100. Mr. Alport

asked the Minister of Education whether she is aware of the continued concern felt by graduate teachers at the failure of the existing machinery for negotiation to provide reasonable salary incentives and thereby to ensure that sufficient fully qualified graduate teachers are available for appointments in the national education service; and what action she proposes to take to remedy this.

Miss Horsbrugh

I am aware that many teachers, both graduates and non-graduates, would like to see their salaries increased; but, as I said in the reply which I gave to my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Ilford, North (Sir G. Hutchinson) on 14th July, 1953. I have no reason to believe that in framing their salary recommendations the Burnham Committee fail to take fully into account the position of graduate teachers, or that the interests of such teachers are not adequately represented on that committee.