asked the President of the Board of Education if he will state the number of women teachers whose War service was formerly recognised by the Board as teaching service; at what date the Board ceased to recognise such service as teaching service; the number of men teachers whose War service still counts as teaching service for the purpose of calculating salaries; and why, in the case of women only, this recognition is now withdrawn?
There is no question of the withdrawal by the Board of a recognition previously granted. The Board have not until recently had occasion to consider whether they could recognise for the calculation of grant additional expenditure of local education authorities involved in treating service with the forces of the Crown during the War as teaching service for purposes of increments on the Burnham Scales. The Board's decision was explained in Circulars 1227 and 1244, and became operative from the date of the introduction of the standard scales. I am unable to give the number of men teachers whose War service has been treated as teaching service under those Circulars.