Results 281–300 of 8610 for speaker:Sir Keith Joseph

Teachers (Pay) (17 Jul 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I have to agree with my hon. Friend that the Labour party seems to choose to support teachers the whole while, in conflict with the interests of the children. I am concerned that, as far as I can gather, the differentials of head teachers seem to have come under pressure during the negotiations. I hope that the importance of adequate differentials for heads and their deputies will be borne in...

Teachers (Pay) (17 Jul 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: No, there is a third alternative, which is to negotiate to secure additional money from the taxpayer so that transformed career and promotion prospects may be made available to teachers.

Teachers (Pay) (17 Jul 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: Yes, indeed. If I could find a way to make them more publicly available, I should wish to pursue it, but my hon. Friend must remember that, as Secretary of State, I do not employ the teachers.

Teachers (Pay) (17 Jul 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I am constantly paying tribute to the hard work, dedication and effectiveness of most teachers. I have stirred a finger to offer additional money in return for co-operation.

Teachers (Pay) (17 Jul 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: No, I have been offering it for the past year, in return for arrangements that would provide teachers with much better career and promotion prospects.

Teachers (Pay) (17 Jul 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I entirely agree with my hon. Friend.

Teachers (Pay) (17 Jul 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I am in the habit of accepting practically every opportunity given me to meet teachers. When I visit schools I always make plain my willingness to meet deputations of the staff. The hon. Gentleman should take account of the doubts expressed by some of my hon. Friends. Do all teachers know the shape of what the Government are offering? I wonder whether they do.

Teachers' Dispute (4 Jul 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: We are all surely very unhappy that this long dispute continues. I intensely want to see pupils receiving uninterrupted education, but the Government have wide economic obligations and are not willing to make extra resources available for teachers' pay unless those extra resources would be used to make progress towards our objectives for improving educational standards. That means improving...

Teachers' Dispute (4 Jul 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: These are very strong words. The hon. Gentleman is speaking as if my representatives voted down some substantive offer. It was not like that at all. The House should know that what was being discussed was whether a joint meeting of teachers and employers with me should be sought. Both sides have known very well for months that I am intensely willing to see them. My representatives opposed the...

Teachers' Dispute (4 Jul 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: My hon. Friend is surely on the right constructive lines, but I must emphasise that the teachers, led by the National Union of Teachers, have refused to negotiate the offer to make extra funds available to meet the Government's objectives of better promotion prospects and better standards in schools since last year. They are still refusing to consider at all, let alone seriously, the renewed...

Teachers' Dispute (4 Jul 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I accept that, in many places and under many conditions, the teaching job these days is extremely difficult. I have accepted that for a long time. However, I ask the House to realise that universal indexing is the road to further inflation and thus to more unemployment.

Teachers' Dispute (4 Jul 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I am willing to be convinced that there is a better method than Burnham to arrange these affairs, but even if the Government were so convinced, legislation would be needed and there would inevitably be a delay before legislation could be introduced. While my hon. Friend the Member for Ealing, North (Mr. Greenway) was asking his question, I heard the hon. Member for Durham, North (Mr. Radice)...

Teachers' Dispute (4 Jul 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: But that is precisely what was intended to be reflected by the veto arrangements introduced when the Labour Government were in office.

Teachers' Dispute (4 Jul 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: Those are propositions which, in the right context and circumstances, might deserve consideration. However, at the moment the teachers are unwilling even to address themselves to the serious offer made in my letter of 21 May. I would have thought that the whole House was united in seeking the better promotion and career prospects for teachers of quality and better schooling for our children.

Teachers' Dispute (4 Jul 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: The hon. Gentleman is repeating a request that, time and again, I have refused. The Government are not willing to make more money available, except to make progress towards the Government's objectives of better promotion prospects, a better career structure for teachers and more effective education in our schools.

Teachers' Dispute (4 Jul 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: As is often the case, I strongly agree with what my hon. Friend has said. I do fall — especially when trying to speak briefly in the House — into the error of assuming that all teachers agree with teachers' asssociation leaders. On my hon. Friend's suggestion of a letter to all teachers, I have seriously considered that possibility, but I am not the employer of the teachers. However, I...

Teachers' Dispute (4 Jul 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: It is all very well the right hon. Gentleman courteously and gently putting that proposition, but I am convinced that the country and most teachers accept the Government's purpose of better education in our schools. I have taken the steps that should enable teachers and employers to get down to negotiations, to secure the additional public funding that is on offer for next year.

Teachers' Dispute (4 Jul 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I agree entirely with my right hon. and learned Friend.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Teachers (Dispute) (25 Jun 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: On 23 May the management panel of the Burnham committee increased its 1985 pay offer to 5 per cent. The teachers' panel rejected this, refused to go to arbitration and declined to address my 21 May initiative. That had carried forward my offer of July last year to consider carefully any restructuring package on which the employers and the teachers might agree. On 21 May I made plain the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Teachers (Dispute) (25 Jun 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his comments. I acknowledge that most teachers are effective and hard working in dealing with an intensely difficult task. I cannot predict what will happen when Burnham meets again, but I hope that the interests of the children and teachers will prevail so that attention can be given to the bargain that I have invited the teachers and their employers to...


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