Retired Teachers

Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd January 1959.

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Photo of Dr Horace King Dr Horace King , Southampton, Itchen 12:00 am, 22nd January 1959

asked the Minister of Education how many retired teachers under the English superannuation scheme are now over the age of 75 years, if men, and 70 years, if women.

Photo of Sir Edward Boyle Sir Edward Boyle , Birmingham Handsworth

In March, 1956, 5,395 men aged 75 and over and 28,568 women aged 70 and over were receiving pensions under this scheme.

Photo of Dr Horace King Dr Horace King , Southampton, Itchen

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that these teachers and other superannuated people of similar age live on meagre pensions based on very small salaries and that the pensions bear no relation to those given for similar service now? Will he take the matter up with the Chancellor of the Exchequer to ascertain whether some improvement can be made in veterans' pensions?

Photo of Sir Edward Boyle Sir Edward Boyle , Birmingham Handsworth

I see the hon. Gentleman's point, but I think he will agree that the question of any increase in pensions for retired teachers is not one which can be viewed altogether in isolation from other public service superannuation schemes.