Results 1–20 of 1979 for speaker:Mr Donald Maclean

Oral Answers to Questions — Education.: Private Schools. (2 Jun 1932)

Mr Donald Maclean: I am not yet in a position to add anything to the answer which I gave on 12th May last to my hon. Friend the Member for Nuneaton (Captain North) when I said that the report was receiving my careful consideration, but there could be no question of proceeding during the current Session with the legislation which would be requred to give effect to its main recommendations.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education.: Private Schools. (2 Jun 1932)

Mr Donald Maclean: Some legislation will be necessary, and I am sorry to say the current Session affords no opportunity for that.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education.: Infant Class Teachers. (2 Jun 1932)

Mr Donald Maclean: The numbers of certificated and non-certificated teachers engaged wholly with children under six years old, on 3lst March, 1931, were 3,943 and 2,633 respectively. I regret that I cannot, without a disproportionate amount of labour, ascertain the figures for those engaged only partly with such children.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education.: Infant Class Teachers. (2 Jun 1932)

Mr Donald Maclean: If all the certificated teachers employed wholly in the education of children under the age of six were replaced by non-certificated teachers, the annual saving in salaries would be approximately £370,000; but unless the certificated teachers were dismissed, the net saving would, of course, be very much less, or might be entirely eliminated, if by rearrangement of staffs the displaced...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education.: Infant Class Teachers. (2 Jun 1932)

Mr Donald Maclean: They are not obtaining it. It is perfectly true that the teaching of young children requires a very considerable amount of skill.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education.: Secondary Schools (Spanish). (2 Jun 1932)

Mr Donald Maclean: In the school year 1930–31 there were 118 grant-aided secondary schools in England, and nine in Wales, in which provision was made for the teaching of Spanish. I regret that I have no information as to the number of pupils who received instruction in that language. On the importance of Spanish as a commercial language, I do not think that I could usefully add anything to what is said in the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education.: Milk Consumption. (2 Jun 1932)

Mr Donald Maclean: I am anxious to see a further extension of the arrangements for the supply of milk to children in public elementary schools, and I am co-operating with the National Milk Publicity Council to that end. In approving arrangements for the provision of milk by local education authorities, the Board call the attention of the authorities to the importance of their satisfying themselves as to the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education.: Secondary School Children (Father's Occupation). (2 Jun 1932)

Mr Donald Maclean: I regret that the information given in the table to which the hon. Member refers is not available for the year 1930–31, and I suggest to my hon. Friend that it would not be suffi- ciently valuable to justify the time, labour and expense which would be involved in its preparation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education.: School Age. (26 May 1932)

Mr Donald Maclean: Unless legislation was passed excluding all children under six from the schools for all purposes the amount of saving would be difficult to estimate, but would probably be small. On the assumption that such legislation was passed and that no steps were taken to replace the educational and social facilities thus withdrawn, the total saving to the Exchequer is estimated to be about £2,000,000...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education.: School Age. (26 May 1932)

Mr Donald Maclean: I have already pointed out that local education authorities would not benefit, that, indeed, they would lose, on balance, to the extent of £100,000 a year. The loss would apply particularly to the county areas where possible economies would generally be small compared with the loss of the per capita grant. In reply to the hon. and gallant Member's supplementary question, I have already...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education.: Secondary Schools. (26 May 1932)

Mr Donald Maclean: The development in recent years of sixth form work in grant-aided secondary schools, which has resulted in remarkable successes of pupils from such schools at the Universities, is a notable feature of the public system of education, but the absence of such work does not render a school ineligible for recognition by the Board.

Oral Answers to Questions — Local Expenditure. (26 May 1932)

Mr Donald Maclean: Obviously in my dealings with local education authorities I cannot ignore statutory requirements; but there is generally a considerable element of discretion in questions involving new expediture, and I can assure my hon. Friend that I am not in present circumstances pressing authorities in such matters except in cases of clear need.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education (School Age). (23 May 1932)

Mr Donald Maclean: My Department is looking into this matter with a view to furnishing me with the information necessary to answer a question which is on the Order Paper for next Thursday. This information is not yet complete, but I would remind my hon. Friend that the matter has been considered by two previous Administrations.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education (School Age). (23 May 1932)

Mr Donald Maclean: I shall give the answer on Thursday next.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education.: Expenditure. (12 May 1932)

Mr Donald Maclean: I am afraid that I am not in a position to give comparable figures of the average cost of elementary education per child in England, France and Germany because, amongst other things, no information is available as to expenditure from local funds in the foreign countries concerned. I refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the answer I gave him on the 2nd of this month that, so far as the national...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education.: Teachers (Pensions and Gratuities). (12 May 1932)

Mr Donald Maclean: The award of superannuation benefits to teachers is regulated by the Teachers (Superannuation) Acts and not by the Burnham Scale. Under those Acts lump sums (additional superannuation allowances) were awarded to 3,695 teachers during the year ended 31st March, 1932, and to 31,255 teachers during the 10 years ending on that date. The amounts were £1,493,275 and £11,891,786, respectively. In...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education.: Teachers (Pensions and Gratuities). (12 May 1932)

Mr Donald Maclean: No. There is no intention of doing away with any of these pensions or these lump sum payments.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education.: Private Schools (Report). (12 May 1932)

Mr Donald Maclean: This report is receiving my careful consideration, but there can be no question of proceeding during the current Session with the legislation which would be required to give effect to its main recommendations.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education.: Outwood and Kearsley Council School. (5 May 1932)

Mr Donald Maclean: The answer is in the negative.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education.: Outwood and Kearsley Council School. (5 May 1932)

Mr Donald Maclean: I am not aware of the suggestion of the hon. Member, but an inspection will be made in due course.


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