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Education

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 2 June 1949

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Pensions (Teachers' Widows)

41.

asked the Minister of Education what consideration he has given to extending the regulations under the Teachers' Superannuation Act, to provide for a pension to the widow of a school teacher who dies shortly before he has qualified for his pension.

Legislation would be needed to give effect to this suggestion. I am at present considering whether it would be possible to work out satisfactory proposals as a basis for discussion with the parties concerned.

Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind the great hardship caused to the widow of a school teacher who dies a matter of a few days before he would be entitled to his pension?

Uncertificated Teachers

42.

asked the Minister of Education if he will give the number of uncertificated teachers who have been accepted for entry into training colleges during the Autumn of this year; and the total number of uncertificated teachers employed by local education authorities.

Between now and next Autumn about 1,100 uncertificated teachers will be offered admission to special one-year courses of training under Circular 114. In March, 1948, there were about 5,300 such teachers employed by local education authorities in maintained and assisted schools.

Schools (Milk Supply)

43.

asked the Minister of Education if he will give the number of schools in England and Wales, respectively, where fresh milk is not given to the children; and what proportion of these schools are primary schools.

One hundred and seventy-nine grant-aided schools in England and 26 in Wales and Monmouthshire are not receiving liquid milk. With the exception of three in England, they are all primary schools. One hundred and twenty-five of the schools in England and all those in Wales receive national full-cream dried milk.

Is my right hon. Friend aware that by some anomaly a number of these schools are in the rural areas whence the milk is sent to the towns, and would he make special efforts to see that rural schoolchildren get their fair share of the milk?

Yes, there are difficulties in this. I know that anomalies arise. It is our intention always to provide liquid milk if we can. The fact remains that in some of these rural areas they are supplying so much liquid milk to the urban areas that there is none left for themselves.

Is my right hon. Friend also aware how difficult it is to obtain drinkable milk—that is to say, pasteurised milk—in the rural areas?

Maintenance Allowance

44.

asked the Minister of Education what is the minimum maintenance allowance for a child of 16 at school he is prepared to approve in the case of a family with one child and a gross income of £4 10s. per week; and how many of the scales submitted to him by local education authorities in response to Circular 189 are unsatisfactory in this or other respects.

In the case mentioned I would not normally regard as adequate any allowance which fell below £26 a year. Of the 112 replies so far received to Circular 189, 76 have been examined. I have criticised 24 of these on the grounds that the amounts payable are inadequate, and I have commented on 27 others for other reasons.