HC Deb 15 December 1960 vol 632 cc79-80W
84. Dr. King

asked the Minister of Education if he will consider excluding from the quota any married woman teacher recruited back into the profession by a local education authority, for the first year of her return.

Sir D. Eccles

The precise suggestion made by the hon. Member is not free from difficulty; but I am about to make changes in the quota arrangements, on these lines, to help authorities to encourage the return of more qualified married women teachers to the schools.

85. Dr. King

asked the Minister of Education if he will introduce a measure whereby a teacher's war service and National Service which does not at present rank as pensionable, shall be made pensionable on payment by the teacher of the necessary contributions.

Sir D. Eccles

No. It is an established principle of public service pension schemes that account should be taken of war or National Service only when this occurs after a person has entered pensionable civil employment. This principle has already been stretched to accommodate teachers whose training was interrupted by war service.

86. Mr. W. Hamilton

asked the Minister of Education what representations he has received from the teaching profession consequent on the recently announced proposals for increased pay for the police; and what reply he has sent.

Sir D. Eccles

Such representations as I have received welcome the rise in police pay and urge that teachers' salaries should be increased immediately. Some have requested a Royal Commission on teachers' pay. I am replying that in my view the Burnham machinery is adequate for consideration of these matters.