Results 301–320 of 8610 for speaker:Sir Keith Joseph

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

Sir Keith Joseph: I agree that the action chosen by the teachers to damage the education of children must be damaging to their own claim to professionalism in the eyes of the majority of the public.

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

Sir Keith Joseph: I think that I am entitled to recognise that most, if not all, of the initiatives taken by the Government outside pay have been such as to be welcomed by most teachers in the interests of good and better schooling in this country. Therefore, I agree that a long-term approach—coupled with appraisal, better promotion prospects and better career development, all of which are undertakings by...

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

Sir Keith Joseph: Without impugning the sincerity of the writer of that letter, I think we can all agree that the bargain, which sooner or later will be struck, must be concerned with the interests of the children and of schooling in this country. I am sure that virtually every teacher would accept that.

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

Sir Keith Joseph: I normally take very seriously the views of my hon. Friend the Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office, but I have in mind that the method of appraisal should be broadly worked out by the teachers themselves and their employers. Informal appraisal is already carried out on a wide scale. I merely seek to make it formal, and I have put aside some taxpayers' money for pilot schemes to try out...

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

Sir Keith Joseph: No Minister should inhibit himself from using the power of veto if it seems to him and to the Government to be in the interests of the public. The hon. Gentleman will be aware that it stems from the time of a Labour Government.

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

Sir Keith Joseph: The Government are offering the teaching profession the prospect of a changed salary structure in return for improvements in effectiveness, the use of an expanded in-service training network and increased promotion prospects — [HON. MEMBERS: "Why?"] Because at the time when the police pay structure was sharply altered, and as a result of the behaviour of the Labour Government, there was a...

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

Sir Keith Joseph: I also take into account the cost to the children and to the nation of present standards, which, as I have explained time and again, are not entirely the responsibility of teachers. The salary scale for teachers must take account of their willingness to improve their average effectiveness, their acceptance of improved promotion prospects and their use of an expanded network of in-service...

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

Sir Keith Joseph: But it was the teachers, led by the NUT, who decided to disrupt the children's education.

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

Sir Keith Joseph: I fear that the teachers are setting a very bad example to pupils.

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

Sir Keith Joseph: I am sorry if I have not answered the hon. Gentleman's letter. I shall do so immediately. I am glad to welcome the recall of the Burnham committee. The hon. Gentleman would have been more his honest self if he had phrased the latter part of his question by asking me why I was not producing more taxpayers' money. That is what he has in mind. The Government are willing to produce more...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Mowden Hall (25 Jun 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: The Department is committed to transferring areas of its work to Darlington where this is justified in terms of operational efficiency and cost, taking account also of the interests of London staff.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Mowden Hall (25 Jun 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: Yes, gladly, and with genuine warmth, I pay tribute to the staff at Darlington, which I and my two colleagues have visited with pleasure.

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

Sir Keith Joseph: Since last October I have had discussions touching upon these matters with the National Association of Head Teachers, the National Association of Schoolmasters/Union of Women Teachers, the Professional Association of Teachers and the Secondary Heads Association.

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

Sir Keith Joseph: The statutory framework limits negotiations to Burnham. I am under pressure from many to seek legislative authority to change Burnham, and I remain ready to be convinced that that would be a useful step. However, that is the subject of a later question.

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

Sir Keith Joseph: It was King Canute's courtiers, not the wise King Canute, with whom I think the hon. Gentleman is comparing me. How can the taxpayer be protected when the Burnham committee makes decisions about the spending of taxpayers' and ratepayers' money, unless someone has some power to set a limit, if necessary by veto, on what is agreed by those who do not pay for the consequences?

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

Sir Keith Joseph: The Government's choice of October is not an arbitrary one. It is the date before which decisions must be made if extra money is to be injected into rate support grant.

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

Sir Keith Joseph: The hon. Gentleman is showing the degree of his ignorance if he thinks that there is £100 million lying about in either of those places.

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

Sir Keith Joseph: I agree with my hon. Friend that the example that is being set is deplorable. To that must be added the ignoble and thoroughly deplorable practice of taking it out on children and their future, merely because, by chance, a particular person has been elected to represent the constituency.

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

Sir Keith Joseph: I am glad to say to the House and to those outside who are concerned about this matter that it would be wise not to take too much account of what they read in the press.

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

Sir Keith Joseph: The essence of the proposal, which was confirmed in my letter of 21 May, has been on offer since July last year—11 months.


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