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Mentally Subnormal (Training Centres' Staffs)

Volume 748: debated on Thursday 22 June 1967

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asked the Minister of Health (1) if he is aware of the staffing difficulties which have arisen in schools for mentally-handicapped children because some local authorities pay teachers more than others; and if he will take steps to ensure that, subject to local conditions, there is uniformity in the payment of staff engaged in this work;

(2) if he is aware of the discontent among qualified teachers of mentally-handicapped children resulting from an alteration in the system of payment; and if he will take steps to ensure that trained staff receive higher pay than their unqualified colleagues.

Rates of remuneration and other conditions of service of staff of training centres for the mentally subnormal are matters for the National Joint Council for Local Authorities' Administrative, Professional, Technical and Clerical Services, and my right hon. Friend has no power to intervene.