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Teachers (Exchange)

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 7 April 1949

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asked the Minister of Education if he will make a statement on the recent visit of teachers from the Dominions to this country; how many Dominion teachers are now in Great Britain; what exchanges are contemplated with European countries; and what plans are in process for visits of British teachers to the Dominions and the Colonial Empire.

I presume that the hon. Member is referring to the conference held on 19th and 20th March for Dominion teachers now in this country under exchange arrangements together with a few who are here privately. This conference was arranged as an introduction to the educational system of this country and was highly successful. 119 Dominion teachers are now in the United Kingdom under exchange arrangements for which the League of the Empire is responsible. It is hoped, as shipping facilities improve, to increase the number of exchanges. The possibility of extending exchanges to the Colonial Empire is being considered. As regards exchanges with European countries, I would refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Member for Workington (Mr. Peart) on 17th February.