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Burnham Salary Scales

Volume 440: debated on Thursday 17 July 1947

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asked the Minister of Education if he is aware that there are a large number of teachers still awaiting decisions regarding the increments to which they are entitled under the Burnham Report now in force; what steps he is taking to expedite the consideration of these cases; and how long he anticipates it will be before all outstanding cases are settled.

I assume that the hon. Member refers to teachers whose claims for increment in respect of periods of study or training were held up for settlement pending necessary decisions by the Burnham Committee. These decisions were given in March last and since that date many cases have been disposed of. A fair number of cases still remain for settlement but as they require to be considered individually it may be some little time before all outstanding cases can be settled.


asked the Minisster of Education whether he is aware that under the present Burnham scale there is no inducement to suitable graduates to teach in grammer schools, especially in the higher forms; and what steps he is taking to ensure that these salary figures are comparable with those in other fields.

While not accepting the suggestion in the first part of the Question, I am satisfied that the Burnham Committee are taking into account all the relevant considerations in framing their recommendations for salary scales to operate from 1st April next.