Results 261–280 of 8610 for speaker:Sir Keith Joseph

Corporal Punishment (23 Jul 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I must say in support of my hon. Friend—although only to a limited extent—that there are many parents and teachers who, on the whole, would prefer that the right of moderate corporal punishment should remain within the decision of parents and teachers. That having been said, we have an obligation to the Court, to which we have subscribed, and the Government are considering the options.

Corporal Punishment (23 Jul 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I wish that my time alone could solve the teachers' pay dispute.

Corporal Punishment (23 Jul 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: That is what I tried to say in answer to the hon. Member for Denton and Reddish (Mr. Bennett), who asked this question.

Corporal Punishment (23 Jul 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: In fact, the Bill passed its Second Reading in the other place without a Division.

Corporal Punishment (23 Jul 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: My hon. Friend gets a certain amount of support for suggesting that which this country has never done, that is, to break a treaty obligation.

Corporal Punishment (23 Jul 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: Even if I wished to do so, I have no such power. It is this House that controls, subject to the courts, the law. As for common sense, I never pretended that the exemption proposals that lay behind the Bill were without problems. But abolition has its problems, too, since we should not like to override the views of a large minority, if it be a minority, of parents and teachers who would prefer...

Corporal Punishment (23 Jul 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I should like to agree with my hon. Friend, but there are two reasons why I cannot do so. First, many schools seem to achieve order and discipline without the use of corporal punishment. Secondly, we have a treaty obligation.

Corporal Punishment (23 Jul 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I have learned a proper sense of respect for the decisions of both Houses of this sovereign Parliament.

Corporal Punishment (23 Jul 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I agree with my hon. Friend's objective, but I do not quite share his self confidence in the diagnosis.

Corporal Punishment (23 Jul 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: If we did not accept such an obligation, we would not have introduced the Bill and I would not have spoken of deciding which option we should follow next Session.

Corporal Punishment (23 Jul 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I say yes, with qualifications, to the first part of my hon. Friend's question, but I can agree with the second part.

Corporal Punishment (23 Jul 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: That would run against the views of a substantial minority of parents and teachers, and I think that this House should hesitate before encouraging the Government to do that.

Corporal Punishment (23 Jul 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: My hon. Friend's comment would be more suitably addressed to my right hon. and learned Friend the Foreign Secretary, but I have heard it.

Corporal Punishment (23 Jul 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: There is ample evidence from this short debate that the differences of opinion here are reflected in the country as well.

Teachers (Pay) (17 Jul 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I regret that there was not a settlement to the teachers' pay dispute by early this morning. I am sure that the whole House shares that regret. The Government are clear that they want the dispute settled and our schools back to normal, but not at any price. Yesterday, the management side made clear its willingness to see a settlement involving 5 per cent. for all teachers from 1 April this...

Teachers (Pay) (17 Jul 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: The Government will not relax the target and penalty framework. I must remind the hon. Gentleman that I have been offering on behalf of the Government the same sort of contribution towards the financing of education on the same conditions as have been repeated frequently since 21 May for well over a year. The teachers have consistently refused to discuss it. It is not I who have lacked...

Teachers (Pay) (17 Jul 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: Mr. Teacher—Mr. Speaker. [Laughter.] Your predecessor, Mr. Speaker, was a teacher, but that does not justify my slip of the tongue. My hon. Friend has made a valid point. I am not at all convinced that every individual teacher knows what is on offer from the Government. If I could find a way of making sure that all teachers did, I should pursue it. It would then be up to the teacher unions...

Teachers (Pay) (17 Jul 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: The hon. Gentleman is ignoring the fact that I have offered, on behalf of the Government, additional money for teachers on condition that they cooperate in improving the effectiveness of schooling, which is, after all, for the benefit of the children.

Teachers (Pay) (17 Jul 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I entirely agree with my right hon. and learned Friend, but I shall be unable to give an indication of a figure for what might be available until some willingness to negotiate is shown and some progress has been made.

Teachers (Pay) (17 Jul 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: The Government are above all concerned with the effectiveness of schooling for the children. It is on that basis that we seek the co-operation of the teachers.


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