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Teachers

Oral Answers to Questions — National Service – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th November 1957.

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Photo of Mr William Hannan Mr William Hannan , Glasgow Maryhill 12:00 am, 27th November 1957

asked the Minister of Labour if he has considered one of the principal recommendations of the Advisory Council on Education in Scotland, namely, that teachers or student teachers should forthwith be indefinitely deferred from National Service; and if he will now announce his decision.

Photo of Mr Iain Macleod Mr Iain Macleod , Enfield West

Yes, Sir. The views of the Advisory Council were among the matters taken into consideration before I announced changes in the arrangements for the deferment of teachers on 2nd July. I am sending the hon. Member a copy of my statement.

Photo of Mr William Hannan Mr William Hannan , Glasgow Maryhill

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?

Photo of Mr Iain Macleod Mr Iain Macleod , Enfield West

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.

Mr. Jennings:

Would my right hon. Friend care to state what the position is with regard to teachers and teachers in training in England and Wales at the present time?

Photo of Mr Iain Macleod Mr Iain Macleod , Enfield West

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.