Results 321–340 of 8610 for speaker:Sir Keith Joseph

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

Sir Keith Joseph: I am sure that my hon. Friend is correct in saying that many teachers and some leaders of teachers' unions welcome the main features of the bargain proposed by the Government.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: University Lecturers (25 Jun 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: The Department has received about 1,800 letters in the past two months on the pay of university academic and related staff.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: University Lecturers (25 Jun 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: The figures and judgment produced by the hon. Gentleman are the result of a selective choice of dates. I understand that university teachers' pay has kept pace with the cost of living.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: University Lecturers (25 Jun 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: My hon. Friend focuses upon something slightly different—the non-advanced level of further education upon which the Audit Commission has produced a significant report. With regard to universities, polytechnics and colleges, I am pleased to tell my hon. Friend and the House that the student-staff ratio in polytechnics has improved a great deal. It is nearer to what the Government judge to be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: University Lecturers (25 Jun 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: Yes, Mr. Speaker. I am aware of the problem and am, of course, waiting to see what the relevant authorities will recommend. Universities must live within their budget, which comes mainly from the public sector, and decide on their own priorities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: University Lecturers (25 Jun 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: Yes, Mr. Speaker. I do that most gladly. I seem to be constantly praising — the latest occasion was in front of the Select Committee this morning — the outstanding reputation that our higher education system has across the world.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: University Lecturers (25 Jun 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I hope that I am worried about all subjects. The Green Paper on higher education recognises that the essentially national system of pay is not necessarily the ideal way to attract the highest talents, and has invited comments upon possible alternatives.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: University Lecturers (25 Jun 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I understand the essence of what my hon. Friend says, but there is a body called the clinical academic staff salaries committee which is considering how to reflect the salary arrangements made for doctors and dentists in the NHS in those made for clinical academic staff. I must await its advice and the reaction of the universities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: University Lecturers (25 Jun 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: On the last part of the hon. Gentleman's question, I accept that if evidence accumulates of a net brain drain, as opposed to an exchange of brains, the position is worrying. That is why I spoke only a week ago of the importance that I attach to the ABRC's recommendations for science. However, I warn the hon. Gentleman that, because he is always getting up and undertaking to spend more public...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Local Authority Expenditure (25 Jun 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I authorised the report's publication and commend its measured analysis as essential reading to all concerned with the provision of education. I look forward to discussing its findings with the local authority associations.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Local Authority Expenditure (25 Jun 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I accept that there are shortcomings over the maintenance of school buildings that reach back over several Governments and very many years. However, the same report to which the hon. Gentleman has drawn attention criticises the management of resources by many local education authorities. They are spending money where it needs not to be spent, with the result that money is stinted where it...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Local Authority Expenditure (25 Jun 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: The hon. Gentleman is guilty of selective quotation. The maintenance of buildings is criticised in the report, but it criticises as more significant still the combined effects of bad management by many local education authorities of public resources and ineffective teaching by a considerable minority of teachers.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Local Authority Expenditure (25 Jun 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: Without condoning the position on repairs, I ask the House to realise that the same report said that there was scope for redeployment of public money in many local education authorities. The report, which Opposition Members are using as a quarry to criticise the Government, was not published by them in their time.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Local Authority Expenditure (25 Jun 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: The hon. Gentleman continually quotes that figure, without adding that that figure was specifically described as provisional. As the report says, adequate resourcing is not a sufficient condition for sound education, but, that said, I accept that there is an association between satisfactory levels of resourcing and the quality of the educational process. There is no conflict between that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Children (Lunchtime Supervision) (25 Jun 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I deeply regret the fact that members of the three largest teacher unions have, in pursuit of their pay claim, chosen to withhold their support from the head teacher in exercising his overall responsibility for the conduct of the school during the midday break. This has placed a great strain on the head teachers and I should like to express my respect for them and for their sense of duty...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Children (Lunchtime Supervision) (25 Jun 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I very much hope that discussions on that matter will start fairly soon.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Children (Lunchtime Supervision) (25 Jun 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: The Fowler review is in Green Paper form. There will still be a need for midday meal supervision, whatever happens on that account.

Prayers: Government's Policy for Science (14 Jun 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: rose—

Prayers: Government's Policy for Science (14 Jun 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I pay tribute to the large number of hon. Members who chose to come here today for the debate. On both sides of the House, there seems to be a universal recognition of the relevance of science to prosperity and the standard of living. The Advisory Board for the Reseach Councils has made a strong case in its advice to me, from which I quoted, and which was published yesterday. The Government...

Prayers: Government's Policy for Science (14 Jun 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I was about to come to that point. Several hon. Members, including the hon. Member for Motherwell, South (Dr. Bray), my hon. Friends the Members for Hastings and Rye (Mr. Warren), for Havant (Mr. Lloyd), for Rochford (Dr. Clark) and for Bedfordshire, North (Mr. Skeet), and the hon. Member for Wallsend (Mr. Garrett), spoke directly or indirectly of the economic background. We should recognise...


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