Teachers (Salaries and Conditions)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 5th December 1984.

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Photo of Malcolm Bruce Malcolm Bruce , Gordon 12:00 am, 5th December 1984

Does the Secretary of State not accept that the lack of an independent pay review and the fact that teachers' salaries have already fallen far behind have meant that there has already been a loss of dedicated teachers from the profession, especially science and mathematics teachers? If he does not set up a review, we shall fail to recruit the dedicated teachers whom we need. Does he not recognise that an independent review is long overdue and that he should make an early announcement to that effect?