Results 421–440 of 8610 for speaker:Sir Keith Joseph

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

Sir Keith Joseph: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for reminding the House of that. The answer is definitely yes.

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

Sir Keith Joseph: I am glad that any school that would otherwise be disrupted is not disrupted, but I cannot in any way respect the NUT's decision to exempt some authorities and not others. The children are in the charge of teachers who are failing in their responsibilities.

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

Sir Keith Joseph: I repeat only that I deplore the thoroughly unprofessional behaviour of those teachers' union leaders who are conducting that policy and those teachers who co-operate with them.

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

Sir Keith Joseph: The hon. Gentleman knows that the veto, which came in at about 1965 when a Labour Government were in office, is not a matter about which I am prepared, or any holder of my office has ever been prepared, to make predictions.

Oral Answers to Questions — Youth Training Scheme (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: Officials of the Department and I are in regular contact with the chairman of the Manpower Services Commission and his staff about matters of mutual interest, including the proposals to expand and develop the youth training scheme.

Oral Answers to Questions — Youth Training Scheme (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: While that supplementary question should be addressed to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Employment, I could not possibly accept that the young people concerned are being treated in the way that the hon. Gentleman suggests. They are being given, for the first time, an opportunity for positive training after they leave school if they are not in a job.

Oral Answers to Questions — Youth Training Scheme (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I confirm that the YTS is a successful scheme, though I am not the Minister to whom detailed questions about exact figures should be addressed.

Oral Answers to Questions — Youth Training Scheme (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: One cannot always read across conditions from Northern Ireland to this country or reciprocally. I only wish that we had in our schools in England the academic results that are achieved in Northern Ireland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Youth Training Scheme (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I do not think that that calls for action by me. It is up to the individuals concerned.

Oral Answers to Questions — Youth Training Scheme (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I know enough to know that the hon. Gentleman is grossly distorting the results of the YTS. However, relatively precise questions about the YTS are for my right hon. Friend.

Oral Answers to Questions — Youth Training Scheme (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: Opposition Members who go in for such generalised smears damage the very people whom they purport to want to help.

Oral Answers to Questions — Youth Training Scheme (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I am not one who seeks to evade questions, but supplementary questions of that type are for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Employment.

Oral Answers to Questions — Teachers (Pay) (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: There has been no further progress since the National Union of Teachers led the teachers' panel out of discussions in the Burnham joint structure working party on 5 December.

Oral Answers to Questions — Teachers (Pay) (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: Alas, the teachers' unions have blocked the taxpayers' money that I have set aside for pilot appraisal schemes. I am eager to embark on those schemes as soon as possible. In the meantime, I am convening a conference in the autumn on the subject of appraisal, to which local education authorities and teachers' represen- tatives will certainly be invited.

Oral Answers to Questions — Teachers (Pay) (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: During the past seven to eight years there have been about 15 per cent. fewer children in our schools to be taught. That accounts for the fall in the amount of money available for education. In the case of defence, it sometimes seems that the opponents of this country are ever more numerous.

Oral Answers to Questions — Teachers (Pay) (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I am grateful for that constructive suggestion. My representatives play only a limited, although important, part in the negotiations. I am sure that the employers will note that suggestion.

Oral Answers to Questions — Teachers (Pay) (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I am glad that my hon. Friend has mentioned that. It is clear that the teachers' unions are not exactly unanimous among themselves.

Oral Answers to Questions — Teachers (Pay) (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: They give the impression of being against any restructuring whatever, but I know that the NUT pamphlet declares its sympathy for appraisal in some context and I am encouraged by that.

Oral Answers to Questions — Teachers (Pay) (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: I believe that a restructured profession, with all that that implies, must come sooner or later. I believe that that will make it even more worth while for the kind of people whom my hon. Friend and I wish to see enter the profession.

Oral Answers to Questions — Teachers (Pay) (21 May 1985)

Sir Keith Joseph: The hon. Member reminds me of my experience with industry, in which there are virtually no secure jobs. The teachers have almost total security of employment and are thus much envied by many people. I believe that hankering back to comparability would bring back the rocketing inflation and unemployment which it brought to this country in the past.


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