Results 101–120 of 8610 for speaker:Sir Keith Joseph

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

Sir Keith Joseph: No. ILEA cannot expect that the public should measure its standards, quality and effectiveness merely by its spending. It can maintain, and I hope improve, the quality of the education of the children of inner London by more vigorous management even at lower cost. I ask the House to approve the order.

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

Sir Keith Joseph: Because I believe that ILEA can maintain and even improve the standards of education to its children at a lower cost to the ratepayers. Indeed, if the hon. Gentleman challenges me, I say that I have raised the expenditure level and the maximum precept by a significant amount.

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

Sir Keith Joseph: I beg to move, That the draft Precept Limitation (Prescribed Maximum) (Inner London Education Authority) Order 1986, which was laid before this House on 29th January, be approved. This order limits the precept which may be made for the financial year 1986–87 by the new Inner London education authority which takes over from the old ILEA on 1 April 1986. A shadow authority—the Inner London...

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

Sir Keith Joseph: I would rather not do so. I shall ask the House to allow me to reply at the end of the debate and I shall take questions then. I want to read this carefully prepared explanation of why I am imposing a precept maximum on the ILEA. I shall answer questions at the end of the debate, subject to the House giving me leave to reply. The ILEA has argued that those other authorities took longer to...

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

Sir Keith Joseph: In reaching my conclusions, I also had regard to the impact on ratepayers. Rate bills in inner London are high. Much of that is accounted for by the ILEA precept. The average domestic ratepayer is paying a sum approaching £250 a year on top of what he pays for the services of his local borough, the Metropolitan police and LRT. The average shop is paying about £1,500, and the average office...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Teachers (Dispute) (4 Feb 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: As I said in my statement yesterday, I welcome the provisional agreement reached at ACAS which holds out the promise of a settlement of the 1985 dispute, a return to normal working in the schools and constructive negotiations on pay, pay structure, duties and conditions of service.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Teachers (Dispute) (4 Feb 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: I remind the House that the employers as well as the unions concerned have undertaken to consider ratifying the proposal. I, and I expect all hon. Members, hope that the NUT will call off disruption and co-operate in the negotiations.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Teachers (Dispute) (4 Feb 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: I ask the hon. Gentleman to reflect on the fact that it was the NUT's actions that led the unions to reject, after a mere 20 minutes, the offer to which he now rather yearningly refers.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Teachers (Dispute) (4 Feb 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: The first annual instalment of the £1·25 billion over four years, less the amount of money reserved for midday supervision, would be available during 1986–87 to be added to rate support grant if the agreement were made in sufficient time for that to be practicable and were a bargain within the terms laid down by the Government to be struck. We all very much hope that will happen. I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Teachers (Dispute) (4 Feb 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: I believe that that is true of some members of the NUT, but I remain convinced that most members have the interests of the children at heart and must be appalled at the damage that is being done to children's education.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Teachers (Dispute) (4 Feb 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: I agree with the first part of my hon. Friend's supplementary question, but not with the latter. It was the NUT which, in December 1984, wrecked the prospect—by walking out of the then negotiations—of extra money from the taxpayer, if the Government had found that the bargain that they seek for extra pay for teachers had then been met.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Teachers (Dispute) (4 Feb 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: No such assurance was sought or given. The hon. Gentleman is wrong in concluding that the outcome must founder on the question of resources. It will be for the local education authorities, in considering all the pressures that are upon them, to decide what they can afford in the light of the instalments that might be available over four years, if the conditions set by the Government for the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Teachers (Dispute) (4 Feb 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: I am aware of the tragic incident that occurred in my hon. Friend's constituency. However, we cannot be absolutely sure that the child concerned would have been accompanied but for the disruption. I am aware of all that and of the dangers to children. I shall consider whether there is any guidance that I can give. I am sure that the teachers' unions concerned are well aware of the dangers...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Teachers (Dispute) (4 Feb 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: The Government accept that more money in aggregate from the taxpayer is legitimate for teachers in return for what the hon. Gentleman has changed his tune about. Only a short while ago the hon. Gentleman supported the Government in regarding the acceptance by teachers of their duties as part of that which the Government should seek. He has now departed from that. He has said that pay alone...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Teachers (Dispute) (4 Feb 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: The Government have already set aside additional resources for an increase in teachers' pay to recruit, retain and motivate teachers of the right quality and to improve the pay structure and clarify teachers' duties. I very much hope that we are about to see progress in negotiations which will justify the release of those resources.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Teachers (Dispute) (4 Feb 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: It is not possible to give an exact figure without knowing whether the individual teacher would receive promotion. The offer made by the employers in September, based upon the additional extra money available from the taxpayer, would have permitted 74,000 additional promotions. The general answer to the hon. Gentleman is that, for a substantial number of teachers, a substantial increase in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Teachers (Dispute) (4 Feb 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: The Government accept that the necessary basis for pay to teachers should be such as to permit the recruitment, retention and motivation of people of the right quality. That means changes to the present career and pay structures, as well as an aggregate increase. Regarding the inquiry, we hope to see the ACAS procedure fulfilled, subject to ratification. The point about an inquiry is that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Teachers (Dispute) (4 Feb 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: This particular Minister has persuaded his colleagues in the Cabinet that some extra money is legitimate for teachers on aggregate, but only on condition that they carry out their duties.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Teachers (Dispute) (4 Feb 1986)

Sir Keith Joseph: I am aware that a number, not yet known, of teachers, including good teachers, are quitting the classroom. The Government deeply regret that. It is one reason why the Government have made conditionally available from the taxpayer sufficient extra money to transform career, promotion and pay prospects in return for the acceptance of duties.


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