Teachers' Superannuation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education. – in the House of Commons on 30th March 1922.

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Mr. MALONE:

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asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware that the Burnham standard and the Pensions Act of 1918 have attracted a number of young people, among them many ex-service men, into the teachers' training institutions, from which some have already been drafted into the teaching profession; and, seeing that there is a strong feeling among these students and teachers that the proposed 5 per cent. deduction from salaries for superannuation purposes constitutes a breach of the conditions under which they entered this profession, will he reconsider this question?

Photo of Mr Herbert Fisher Mr Herbert Fisher , Combined English Universities

I would refer the hon. Member to the answer given on Monday, 27th March, to the hon. Member for the Hemsworth Division (Mr. John Guest).

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Martin Archer-Shee Lieut-Colonel Martin Archer-Shee , Finsbury

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, however desirable it may be to reduce the emoluments of teachers or not, surely strict faith ought to be kept with them, and if this is a breach of the conditions of their appointment no reduction ought to be made without giving them notice?

Photo of Mr Alexander Lyle-Samuel Mr Alexander Lyle-Samuel , Eye

Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that when the Government accepted the award—

Photo of Mr John Whitley Mr John Whitley , Halifax

That is a matter for argument.