Results 81–100 of 8610 for speaker:Sir Keith Joseph

Student Support (12 Mar 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: I am cursing myself for omitting business sponsorship from the list of sources to which students can turn. I am grateful to my hon. Friend for reminding me of it, as I should have included it. Thus, there are various sources which, in combination, Governments have considered as potential providers of revenue. But I say, on behalf of the Government, that we certainly do not want to defeat the...

Student Support (12 Mar 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: This is rather technical stuff—[Laughter.] Before Opposition Members crow too much, I should add that the technicalities are against them. It is true that in the early 1970s the age participation index was 0·1 per cent. higher than it is now. But that was because at that time it included people going on to teacher training with only one A level. Therefore, on a comparative basis, the age...

Student Support (12 Mar 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: I must accept that in such circumstances that is so, unless the potential student can find other resources. But I very much doubt whether there are many such examples. The latest survey to be given to us shows that those parents who fail to pay are, on average, failing to pay only a small fraction of the sum ideally due from them. Students in this country receive all their tuition fees from...

Student Support (12 Mar 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: The hon. Gentleman says that quite rightly. I am not judging those facts but simply explaining the extent to which the taxpayer and ratepayer subsidise students. I do not quarrel with that. But I must point out that that subsidy is paid by a taxpayer who lives, alas, in a much less prosperous country than many of his continental neighbours do. However, I shall speak about relative prosperity...

Student Support (12 Mar 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: I was not aware of that until my hon. Friend told me just before this debate. If the facts are exactly as he has been informed, I am considerably worried by that news and will make inquiries.

Student Support (12 Mar 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: Quite right too; and Lancaster is by no means the only one. Yet there is all too much evidence that some higher education students do not behave in that civilised way. As the hon. Member for Durham, North reminded the House, it was a Conservative Government that introduced student grants. The maintenance grant now provided is not quite as much as some students would like, but it is a great...

Student Support (12 Mar 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: I call that roughly deuce. The maintenance grant may not be as much as some hon. Members would like, but it is a great deal more generous than that provided in more prosperous countries which, on the whole, provide maintenance through loans rather than grants and which generally leave students to earn or borrow at least part of the money for their own maintenance. Not every student feels...

Student Support (12 Mar 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: No, I will not give way. I think that I am coming by chance to the very points that my hon. Friend wants to make. But I cannot give way even if I am not. Of course, we regret having to ask the more prosperous parents for the contribution that we seek from them. I do not foresee that any Government will be able quickly to dispense with that. I must remind hon. Members that the contribution...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Education Expenditure (4 Mar 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: I have no doubt that there is considerable public pressure for higher standards in education, and for the best possible return on the resources invested in the education service. The Government will continue to work towards those aims.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Education Expenditure (4 Mar 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: The Government take the view, which I think is shared by the majority of people, that teachers deserve more pay for effective teaching, but that teachers should also carry out the duties they have habitually carried out in the past, minus midday supervision, but plus appraisal. The Government are making substantial extra sums available over and above the annual pay awards to achieve that dual...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Education Expenditure (4 Mar 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: I agree with all of my hon. Friend's comments. As for his question about ACAS, we must all hope that yesterday's agreement will lead to fruitful negotiations.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Education Expenditure (4 Mar 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: The Government have set aside substantially more money for the pay of effective teachers, on the conditions that I have described. That is the reality. No amount of vituperation from the hon. Gentleman will change it. As for school standards, there are many good schools, but there is surely, by common agreement, scope for improvement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Education Expenditure (4 Mar 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: I agree with my right hon. and learned Friend that the behaviour of the National Union of Teachers seems to be appalling. It is willing for its members to take the money that has been negotiated by the other unions and the employers, but to continue the disruption. It is urging its members to stand in the way of the reform talks that we so patently need. I regard the NUT's position as utterly...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Education Expenditure (4 Mar 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: But does the right hon. Gentleman accept that the Japanese Government and people do that only because they have accepted total protection from the United States? Would the right hon. Gentleman support a move by this country towards that kind of policy?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Education Expenditure (4 Mar 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: Yes, indeed, and if it were possible that would make the Government that little bit more popular. But the trouble is that when that policy was adopted two or three years ago the local education authorities together spent £1,000 million more than they had warned they would spend, which came near to wrecking the national economy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Education Expenditure (4 Mar 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: The trouble is that the hon. Gentleman seems only to have read half of the annual report by HMI, which said that there was too little spending on books in many local education authorities, but went on to say that, with better management by many local authorities, money now wasted could be redeployed in favour of books, equipment and maintenance.

Orders of the Day — Inner London Education Authority (Precept Limitation) (10 Feb 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: With the leave of the House, Mr. Deputy Speaker, in the time available, I must do my best to answer all the questions that have been put, but I must correct one impression at once. The picture has been given that in the ILEA area unemployment has been higher and earnings lower than in any other inner city area. That is untrue. I hope that the House will remember that employment and average...

Orders of the Day — Inner London Education Authority (Precept Limitation) (10 Feb 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: I cannot give way, as I have a large number of questions to answer. I agree with my hon. Friend the Member for Lewisham, West (Mr. Maples) and the hon. Member for Woolwich (Mr. Cartwright), who drew attention to the degree to which ILEA last year spoilt its case by prophesying gloom and doom, and crying wolf. It must expect some scepticism about its forecast this year in the light of what...

Orders of the Day — Inner London Education Authority (Precept Limitation) (10 Feb 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: I am not giving way, as I have to cover many points in a limited time. Moreover, although the hon. Member for Islington, North lays much emphasis upon the loss of jobs in the schools meals service—a loss of jobs which I do not accept as being necessary—ILEA's ILEA's policy, involving increased rates for ratepayers, including businesses, involves an equal number of job losses, which the...

Orders of the Day — Inner London Education Authority (Precept Limitation) (10 Feb 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: No. It is well known that job losses result from increased rates. [HON. MEMBERS: "No, it is not."] Many businesses have been driven out of high rate authority areas, with the consequent loss of a great number of jobs. The hon. Member for Durham, North (Mr. Radice) asked me a number of questions that I shall seek to answer. He referred to the HMI comment in its annual report that ILEA...


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