Teachers, West Riding

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd July 1964.

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Photo of Colonel Leonard Ropner Colonel Leonard Ropner , Barkston Ash 12:00 am, 2nd July 1964

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many teachers were employed in maintained primary and secondary schools in the West Riding of Yorkshire in 1951; and how many are now employed.

Photo of Mr Quintin Hogg Mr Quintin Hogg , St Marylebone

The numbers in the West Riding local education authority area were 8,300 in January, 1951, and 10,800 in January, 1963. The figures for 1964 are not yet available.

Photo of Colonel Leonard Ropner Colonel Leonard Ropner , Barkston Ash

Are the figures which my right hon. and learned Friend has given for the West Riding of Yorkshire more or less favourable than the general level throughout the United Kingdom?

Photo of Mr Quintin Hogg Mr Quintin Hogg , St Marylebone

I fear that I could not answer that without notice.

Photo of Mr Patrick Duffy Mr Patrick Duffy , Colne Valley

Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman aware that there was an acute shortage of teachers in the West Riding of Yorkshire in 1963, the figures being 500 for primary schools and 1,500 for secondary schools? What is he doing about this?

Photo of Mr Quintin Hogg Mr Quintin Hogg , St Marylebone

I think that the teacher training and supply position is well known. What we are doing is to treble the output of teacher training colleges between 1957 and 1970. The output has already been doubled.

Photo of Mr Donald Wade Mr Donald Wade , Huddersfield West

Can the right hon. and learned Gentleman give the breakdown in the figures he gave between men and women?

Photo of Mr Quintin Hogg Mr Quintin Hogg , St Marylebone

No, not without notice.