Former MP, Chichester
I am glad that the debate has afforded the opportunity to discuss, among other things, the concern about the problems faced by a minority of schools this year, of which my hon. Friend the Member for Chelmsford (Mr. St. John-Stevas) spoke. I do not think that many hon. Members will be in any doubt about the scale of the problems in some of those schools. I had occasion to talk the other day to...
Let me finish this point. Many of the difficulties that we now face were faced in exactly the same way in 1947. I am sure that many hon. Members who have spoken to older people in the education service will have heard that exactly the same problems of truancy and ill-discipline were faced in that year when the school leaving age was raised from 14 to 15 years. There is now less opportunity...
I have an example here. It reads: Do you resent the decisions and punishments imposed upon you—reject the authoritarian structure of your school? … We want to end privilege and authoritarian control in schools—the prefectorial system …". I do not exaggerate the importance of that, but I believe that there is a duty for the House to help teachers in hard-pressed schools...
Former MP for Chichester
Entered House of Commons on 8 October 1959 — General election
Left Parliament on 20 September 1974 — General election
Also represented Lewisham North
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