Results 401–420 of 8610 for speaker:Sir Keith Joseph

Higher Education (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I do not think that things are quite as bad as my hon. Friend suggests. We must take into account not just the entry rate but the drop-out rate in some neighbouring countries. I believe that our figures are reasonably satisfactory compared with our neighbours in north-west Europe. It is true that our higher education figures are dwarfed by those for America and Japan but one would have to...

Higher Education (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I am very ready to accept that A-level grades are not an exclusively reliable indicator of future performance. They may be the least bad indicators that we have of one aspect of a candidate's qualifications. Character, record and other features have also to be considered by the institutions, and it is the institutions that now and in the future will choose their entrants.

Higher Education (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: As my hon. Friend repeats those words, I find them almost self-justifying. Someone who had the necessary formal qualifications might give evidence to the interviewers at a certain institution of lacking the motivation or maturity to take advantage of higher education. That is the reason for the Government's view.

Higher Education (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I imagine that the hon. Gentleman refers to the 14 per cent. fall in the projected demand rate in the 1990s compared with the 33 per cent. fall projected for the age vintage. We have the time—

Higher Education (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: We do not know. The Government have declared the projections at this early date to give us time, with the UGC and the NAB, to work on such issues.

Higher Education (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: It is widely accepted that some departments at some polytechnics are probably stronger than some equivalent university departments. I should tell the hon. Member for Blackburn (Mr. Straw) that we hope to be able to publish next year a paper giving some of the implications of what we have announced today.

Higher Education (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: While higher education is almost entirely supported by public funds, some attention must be paid to public benefit. That is why the Government have thought it necessary to ask the bodies concerned to switch some resources and places from the arts and humanities to the sciences, technology and engineering.

Higher Education (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: My hon. Friend has misunderstood me. There is to be a consultative document on student support, but what is promised for the UGC is an inquiry, of which I shall give details before long. The consultative document on student support will be published before long.

Higher Education (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I beg the pardon of the hon. Member for Blackburn (Mr. Straw). It was my fault — I misunderstood his question. We know — they are published in this paper—the number implications of the fall in student places. It will be, for variant Y, a fall of 74,000. I have promised that by next year we shall try to interpret the implications for the higher—[Interruption.] It is all explained in...

Higher Education (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I draw the attention of the House to pages 12 and 13 of the Green Paper, in which there are charts showing the projections. It is for the hon. Gentleman and his hon. Friends to press the Leader of the House for a debate.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I am ready to be convinced, but I have not yet been, that a structural change is necessary. What my hon. Friend wishes for exists to a large extent in Scotland without achieving the purpose he has in mind.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: As I have said several times before, the answer to that question is no.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I have seen early-day motion 681, but we must wait and see what happens in Burnham, which meets again on Thursday next.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: My hon. Friend knows that I have urged the employers and the teachers to negotiate such a restructuring and that I have said that if the result appears to me to be educationally desirable and financially affordable I shall take it to my colleagues.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I would rather speak in general about the behaviour of those teachers who are disrupting or who are on strike and say that I think they are letting down their profession, seriously damaging the interests of the children and doing great harm to the households of many parents.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I have also borne in mind that in several cases the union leaders have been systematically, in my view, misleading the members of their unions. The teachers' unions have refused to negotiate, to arbitrate or even to discuss the restructuring which the employers have asked them to talk about.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I sympathise with the parents and children in my right hon. and learned Friend's constituency, but the behaviour of any union and teacher who damages the children's education is unforgiveable.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: Let me agree with one point made by the hon. Gentleman—most teachers are moderate and hardworking and take their job seriously. Let me also tell the House that the votes to officials of the Department were provided during the time of or in the Remuneration of Teachers Act 1965, which was passed by a Labour Government.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I very much agree with the general gist of my hon. Friend's question. I wish that the teachers would go back to negotiations, and let us hope that on Thursday they start to do so.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: No, Mr. Speaker, that would be providing further public money, and I have already told those concerned that that is not what the Government intend to do.


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