asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware of the large number of graduate teachers unemployed in Scotland; and, if so, whether he will take steps to see that education authorities employ such teachers on continuation class work instead of allowing day-class teachers to work overtime?
The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative, but my right hon. Friend has no power to require the Education Authorities to adopt the suggestion made by the hon. Member. I may add that the raising of the school age will be a material contribution to the solution of the problem of unemployment among teachers.
Can the hon. Gentleman say at the moment how many such unemployed graduate teachers there are?
We hope to get the information.