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Volume 640: debated on Thursday 18 May 1961

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asked the Minister of Education whether he is aware of the increased financial difficulties, arising from the general grant system, of certain education authorities in securing adequate staff; and whether he will consider giving special additional assistance to such authorities.

I do not accept that difficulties in recruiting teachers are attributable to general grant or that any special assistance is necessary, since ample provision for all likely increases in teaching staff was made within the estimates of relevant expenditure on which general grant was based.