HC Deb 13 November 1958 vol 595 cc76-7W
Mr. Swingler

asked the Minister of Education what recommendations he has recently received about training more teachers; on what estimates he based his decision on the number of extra training places required; and what assumption he made about the prospect of reducing the size of classes in the next few years.

Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd

The National Advisory Council on the Training and Supply of Teachers recently recommended the provision of 16,000 training college places. I am sending the hon. Member a copy of the letter in which I explained to the Chairman of the Council the reasons why I reached the conclusion that the right immediate course was to undertake a programme of expansion to add 12,000 places by the autumn of 1962. On the last part of the Question, I would refer the hon. Member to my Answer last week to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mr. Moss).