Teachers' Pay and Conditions

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th April 1995.

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Photo of Mrs Gillian Shephard Mrs Gillian Shephard Secretary of State for Education and Science 12:00 am, 25th April 1995

I find it difficult to understand why Opposition Members so frequently raise the subject of independent education. I should have thought that they might be embarrassed that so many of their colleagues are in the awkward position of wanting to exercise choice for their own children while opposing it for other people's. Conservatives have no such difficulty: we believe in choice, diversity and excellence, and we have the added advantage of practising what we preach.