asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps are to be taken to assist teachers in pre-apprenticeship classes to obtain certificated status; and what was the result of his discussions with the National Joint Council on the question as to whether the industrial experience of uncertificated teachers of technical subjects should be included in reckoning their appropriate salary scale.
As regards the first part of the Question, I would refer the hon. Member to the replies which I gave on 6th May to the hon. and learned Member for North Aberdeen (Mr. Hector Hughes) and the hon. Member for South Aberdeen (Lady Grant). The question of recognising the industrial experience of these teachers as service for incremental purposes will be considered further in connection with the forthcoming general revision of the salaries regulations.
With regard to the first part of the answer, can the Minister say when he expects to reach a decision upon the proposals which have been made to him by the National Committee for the Training of Teachers, and how soon after he has reached a decision does he think they can be carried into effect?
I cannot give a definite date, but these conclusions will be arrived at as speedily as possible. I think the Order may possibly be laid before Parliament within the next fortnight.