Establishment of Review Body to Consider Statutory Conditions of Employment of School Teachers

Part of Orders of the Day — School Teachers' Pay and Conditions (No. 2) Bill – in the House of Commons at 6:43 pm on 6th June 1991.

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Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw Shadow Secretary of State for Education 6:43 pm, 6th June 1991

I am coming to that. I am certainly in favour of review bodies. I am glad that the right hon. Gentleman is here, because he experienced a personal conversion when he chaired the private Conservative seminar in January on the future of Conservative education policy. I have been sent a copy of the report, which says: There is a crisis of confidence amongst teachers of such growing magnitude that it now threatens the entire spectrum of the Government's educational reforms. I am not surprised that, for the first time since he gave up Cabinet office, the right hon. Gentleman has come to our debates, no doubt to learn from the Labour party's policy how it would deal with that crisis of confidence.