Departmental Staff (Equality of Opportunity)

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th March 1975.

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Photo of Mr Willie Hamilton Mr Willie Hamilton , Central Fife 12:00 am, 6th March 1975

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is satisfied with the progress made towards equality of opportunity for staff within his departmental responsibilities.

Photo of Mr Willie Hamilton Mr Willie Hamilton , Central Fife

That is satisfactory, though it may not be a good omen that all my hon. Friend's advisers in the Box today are men. Will he give an undertaking that if he is satisfied with the position in his Department he will make representations to the Department of Education to make sure that single-sex schools are phased out of the educational system, since it is quite clear from the behaviour in this House in the past week that they produce some very dubious citizens?

Photo of Mr Roy Jenkins Mr Roy Jenkins , Birmingham Stechford

I am in close touch with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education. I would not wish to advise him too closely upon his departmental responsibilities.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel David Mather Lieut-Colonel David Mather , Esher

As regards equality of opportunity, does not the right hon. Gentleman agree that in recent days the hon. Member for Fife, Central (Mr. Hamilton) has had more than his fair share of equality of opportunity?

Photo of Mr Roy Jenkins Mr Roy Jenkins , Birmingham Stechford

No. I think that the House benefits from the expressions of my hon. Friend.