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We are aware of the information to which the Minister refers, but the Council went further and asked that all teachers, including student teachers, should be exempt in view of the looming crisis in education in Scotland, which will mean a shortage of about 3,000 teachers by 1960. Will he reconsider this matter as one vital to the national interest?
I am aware of the point, but the distance we went on 2nd July in relation to first aid second class arts graduates was as far as we felt we could go at that time. I keep an open mind on the question, and I am always prepared to look at it.
I am not quite clear what my hon. Friend means by that wide question. If he means the number deferred under these proposals of mine in July, the answer is 229, including 31 in Scotland.