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Burnham Committee

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 28 February 1952

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asked the Minister of Education if she is aware of the dissatisfaction among school teachers with the workings of the Burnham Committee as the machinery for salary negotiation, and if she will appoint a committee to inquire into such machinery with a view to reorganising it on a similar basis to the satisfactory wage negotiation machinery now existing in industry.

No. The Burnham Committee is established on a principle which I consider sound, namely that representatives of local authorities and teachers can be expected, even if there are difficulties at times, to reach agreement in the submission of recommendations to the Minister.


asked the Minister of Education what regulations she has made to enable questions concerning the teaching profession, on which the local education authorities and her Department on the one hand and the school teachers' organisations on the other are unable to arrive at agreement, to be sent to arbitration.

I assume that my hon. Friend's Question is concerned with the remuneration of teachers and would refer him to my answer on 21st February to the question asked by my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Merton and Morden (Captain Ryder).