asked the President of the Board of Education why the staff of women inspectors has been increased by nine since last year; and on what grounds their salaries have been increased from £25,911 to £29,965?
The increase in the number of women inspectors is due to the replacement of six vacant posts of assistant inspector (men) and three vacant posts of junior inspector (men) by nine posts of woman inspector. The increase of cost from £25,911 to £29,773 is due partly to the increase in numbers and partly, as regards women inspectors already on the establishment, to normal annual increments. There are still a large number of vacancies in the establishment of the inspectorate.
Would it not have been better for the right hon. Gentleman's Department to cut down the number of inspectors and thus reduce the cost instead of adding to the Vote?
On the contrary, as I have pointed out, there is a large number of the vacancies in the establishment of the Inspectorate, and the increase in the number of women inspectors is due to their replacing men.
Will the right hon. Gentleman take steps to decrease the total number of the inspectors?
The existing inspectorate is a very hard-worked body of men and women.
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that most schools are visited each year by nine or ten inspectors and different inspectors are sent down at the same time?
asked the President of the Board of Education if he is now able or, if not, whether he can say when he may be able to announce the names of the members of the Depart- mental Committee to be appointed to consider and report upon the School Teachers (Superannuation) Act, 1918, in accordance with the terms of the reference that have been published?
My right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer, who is appointing the Committee, hopes to make an announcement at an early date?
When is the right hon. Gentleman likely to be able to make the announcement?
I am afraid that I cannot say more at present.
Kent Education Committee (Accounts)
asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware that the education committee of the Kent County Council has to engage additional clerical staff to carry out the Education Accounts (Annual Statement) Order, and that this additional staff will have to be a permanent addition to the education staff of the committee; and will he therefore indicate what economies in staff are to be effected at the Board headquarters to produce the large economy expected by him?
I have no information as to the first part of the question, but I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to the answers which my right hon. Friend gave him on the 3rd and 11th of May.
If the right hon. Gentleman is furnished with information on the lines mentioned in my question, will he send an answer showing how savings can be effected?
There is no doubt that the new form of accounts will result in very considerable economies.