asked the President of the Board of Education whether his attention has been drawn to cases of schoolmasters who, but for service with His Majesty's forces, would have been granted their certificates earlier than 1919, and who will be unable to complete 30 years of service, as required under Section 1 (1) (a) of The School Teachers (Superannuation) Act, 1918, in consequence of the delay; and whether he proposes to introduce an amending Bill to bring such schoolmasters within the provisions of The School Teachers (Superannuation) Act, 1918?
My attention has been called to certain cases of the kind referred to. I have not been able to examine all these cases, but I cannot assume that they intended before the War to enter the teaching profession, or that their entrance into it was postponed by reason of their War service. In any case, the hon. Member will understand that, pending the Report of Lord Emmott's Committee, it would be difficult for me to enter into any undertaking with regard to amending legislation.