asked the Minister of Education what information she has given to local education authorities and the teachers' organisations, regarding her intention to introduce a Bill providing for an increase of contributions to the Teachers' Superannuation Fund.
I am sending the hon. Member a copy of a letter that I caused to be sent to the associations of local authorities and the London County Council and the associations of teachers last July. I am now in consultation with these bodies on the proposals outlined in that letter.
Is the Minister aware just how big a shock, surprise and even bombshell that this will be to teachers everywhere? Is she aware that they do not see any need for this proposed increase, and that she must have a very good case indeed before she will convince teachers that there is need for this sort of thing?
I am certainly willing to discuss the matter and I have already been in discussion with the teachers. I do not think it is a surprise to anyone who has taken the trouble to read the Actuary's Report published in 1951.
If the hon. Gentleman will look at the Actuary's Report of 1951, made under the previous Government, he will see what the requirements are at the present time to keep the pensions fund, as we want it to be, in a solvent condition.
Could the right hon. Lady say whether her right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland is making similar approaches with respect to Scottish teachers?