Graduate Teachers (Salaries)

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th December 1966.

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Photo of Mrs Jill Knight Mrs Jill Knight , Birmingham, Edgbaston 12:00 am, 15th December 1966

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will amend his regulations so that graduate teachers are paid graduate additions to salary whatever their age.

Photo of Mr Edward Redhead Mr Edward Redhead , Walthamstow West

Any change in the provision which governs this matter is for consideration by the Burnham Committee in the first place.

Photo of Mrs Jill Knight Mrs Jill Knight , Birmingham, Edgbaston

Does the Minister think it right that graduate teachers, having accepted the offer of posts at an advertised salary, should receive the nasty shock upon receiving their first salary cheques of finding that they have not been given the promised salary? Would he not agree that if graduate teachers are thought to be inferior, because of their age, they should be told that they are not eligible for the proper salary?

Photo of Mr Edward Redhead Mr Edward Redhead , Walthamstow West

I am conscious of the point to which the hon. Lady draws attention, but it would be improper for me to comment on it in detail at the moment, in as much as it is a matter which is negotiable between the parties on the Burnham Committee.