HC Deb 07 March 1957 vol 566 cc89-90W
67. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Education to what extent the concessions he has granted to the Essex County Council Education Committee will ease its problem of increasing accommodation this year for the school child population; approximately how many children of five to six years are awaiting school places; and to what extent a shortage of male teachers exists in that area.

Sir E. Boyle

The concession referred to by the hon. Member will have no effect on accommodation this year, but I understand that only a handful of children are out of school in Essex for lack of school places. All these will be admitted to school at the beginning of the term after they reach the age of five. Essex is one of the areas which my noble Friend hopes will benefit as a result of the recently announced scheme for the redistribution of teachers. The scheme makes no distinction between men and women teachers.