HC Deb 16 April 1957 vol 568 cc183-4W
Mr. J. C. Jennings

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Education whether he will make a statement about the provision of pensions for the widows, children and dependants of teachers under Section 8 of the Teachers Superannuation Act, 1956.

Sir E. Boyle

My noble Friend has consulted the teachers' representatives on the basis of a draft scheme sent them last July. The Joint Committee of the Four Secondary Associations has expressed its readiness to accept the scheme in present circumstances: the other Teachers' Associations have rejected it, the National Union of Teachers by a very large majority. They have made it clear that no scheme derived from Section 8 of the Teachers Superannuation Act, 1956, would be acceptable to them. My noble Friend has accordingly told the Teachers' Associations that, as this is the view of such a clear majority of teachers, he does not propose to proceed with any scheme under Section 8.