§ Sir P. Harris
asked the Minister of Education why, though there is a shortage of teachers in London, many of them are being taken away and directed by the Minister of Labour to other parts of the country.
§ Mr. Butler
A small number of London teachers have been directed to serve in reception areas to which London children have been evacuated under the Government Evacuation Scheme. It became necessary to use the powers of direction under Defence Regulation 58A because the number of teachers willing to volunteer for such service proved to be insufficient to meet the urgent needs of the receiving authorities who had to provide for the education of the evacuated children. There is a general shortage of teaching staff throughout the country and the position in London is more favourable than that in most authorities' areas.