§ Mr. Bishop
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations have been made to her by the National Association of Schoolmasters on the subject of pensions and a review of representation on the Burnham Committee; what reply she has sent; and if she will make a statement.
§ Mr. St. John-Stevas
My right hon. Friend met the National Association of Schoolmasters in June. It said that it regarded the teachers' rate of contribution to pension as excessively high and the accrual rate as unrealistic. It asked that the war service of post-war entrants to teaching should count for pension. My right hon. Friend undertook to consider allowing the service of post-war entrants to count as to one-half for pension purposes, as under the Civil Service Superannuation Scheme. She will write to the association.
On Burnham representation, the National Association of Schoolmasters argued the need for a revision of Burnham machinery. My right hon. Friend promised to consider the points raised by the association.