Results 281–300 of 1703 for speaker:Mr Gordon Oakes

Orders of the Day — Education Bill (19 Jun 1979)

Mr Gordon Oakes: —because, as you appreciate, Mr. Speaker, for some months I have been, as it were, a caretaker. I am now handing over the keys of the Shadow Cabinet job to its true holder. I can assure hon. Gentlemen on the Tory Benches—if they are taking any relief from that—that I may well pop up again somewhere else, in pastures new or revisited, to cause them some difficulty. The Secretary of...

Orders of the Day — Education Bill (19 Jun 1979)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I think that many people in the hon. Gentleman's constituency would be even more delighted if some of the major issues of present-day education were dealt with in this Bill, and not, as the right hon. and learned Gentleman suggests, in another Bill that might come later in the Session. Although the Leader of the House may be favourable to education, it is rare that education comes high in...

Orders of the Day — Education Bill (19 Jun 1979)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Selection is totally inconsistent with the sort of parental choice that we are talking about. Parents can choose between schools when the schools are of roughly the same kind. They can choose a school for the type of subject it provides or its moral ethos. But when selection is introduced, for the majority of parents in the area—not the minority—parental choice is dead. Therefore, I ask...

Orders of the Day — Education Bill (19 Jun 1979)

Mr Gordon Oakes: If the hon. Gentleman goes to any authority in the country, looking to the past as well as the present, he will find that where selection lakes place the per capita amount spent in a grammar school is far higher than that spent in a secondary modern school.

Orders of the Day — Education Bill (19 Jun 1979)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I hope that the right hon. and learned Gentleman will visit Bolton. It is not often that giving way fortuitously leads one straight on to the point that one was about to deal with. It is not the point that my hon. Friend the Member for Bolton, East (Mr. Young) raised, but it concerns Bolton. The right hon. and learned Gentleman said that the Government had a mandate for a Bill of this kind,...

Orders of the Day — Education Bill (19 Jun 1979)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I said "per capita expenditure". I move on to another town, this time across the county border. In Kirklees selection was again an issue. The former Secretary of State, Mrs. Williams, had initiated legal proceedings against Kirklees. There were 17 Labour gains on Kirklees council, in yet another hotbed of controversy over selection. What happened at Tameside, that bloody battleground of...

Orders of the Day — Education Bill (19 Jun 1979)

Mr Gordon Oakes: The right hon. and learned Gentleman need not have removed the section; he could have attempted to amend it. However, his action has given the impression to many, especially those in the Conservative Party, that Parliament has overturned the principle of comprehensive education and that in doing so either there will be a void or something else will be put in its place, namely, the principle...

Orders of the Day — Education Bill (19 Jun 1979)

Mr Gordon Oakes: If it were to mean that either the governors or local education authority could go to the Secretary of State, I should violently disagree. That would be setting one against the other. I am satisfied on that minor issue. Clause 1(4) provides that when public notice of proposals has been given by the authority concerned they shall continue to be treated as if they had been submitted to the...

Orders of the Day — Education Bill (19 Jun 1979)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I am well aware of what the right hon. and learned Gentleman is saying. It seems that he is disputing that in the circumstances to which I have referred local authorities were acting under the law of the land as laid down by Parliament. It seems that he is disputing that such authorities obeyed the law of the land at the time. The notices have been published, but the Government will seek to...

Orders of the Day — Education Bill (19 Jun 1979)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I must intervene at this point because the chairman of the education committee in Cheshire is, as I said to the House, my old opponent and my constituent. It simply is not true that Cheshire was constrained to submit plans to the Government for comprehensive education. In parts of Cheshire there may be no comprehensive education, but the county as a whole willingly submitted those plans, and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Comprehensive Schools (22 May 1979)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman undertake that those authorities which in the future wish to go comprehensive—for example, Tameside and possibly Bolton and Kirklees—will be given unfettered freedom to do so? Secondly, in those authorities where parents have the misfortune still to have a selective system, will the right hon. and learned Gentleman allow them freedom of choice to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Teachers (Pay) (22 May 1979)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman accept that Labour Members welcome the fact that at long last a settlement has been reached and express the hope that all industrial action at schools by all unions will now cease?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Nursery Education (22 May 1979)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Will the Minister draw the contents of the Conservative manifesto to the attention of many Conservative-controlled local authorities which are at the bottom of the league in the provision of nursery education? Will he ask those authorities to spend more money on nursery schools and ask them why they did not take up the allocations that the Labour Government made available to them?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Disruptive Pupils (Special Units) (13 Mar 1979)

Mr Gordon Oakes: ): A survey carried out by my Department last summer showed that over half of the teaching force in England and Wales undertook some form of in-service training in the school year 1977–78. Over 100,000 teachers were released from some part of their normal classroom duties to undertake training, the total amount of release representing the equivalent of some 4,000 full-time teachers. This...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Disruptive Pupils (Special Units) (13 Mar 1979)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Ideally, initial training and in-service training would continue at the same institution, but this is entirely a matter for the local education authority. Indeed, with regard to North Worcestershire college, I understand that that is under active consideration.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Disruptive Pupils (Special Units) (13 Mar 1979)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I am afraid that there is considerable variation. Although the survey and the answer that I have given show a high level of overall activity and teacher participation, there is disappointing progress in the expansion of opportunities to release teachers to undertake training.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Disruptive Pupils (Special Units) (13 Mar 1979)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Under the rate support grant we have successively made provision for more teachers, both for this purpose and because of declining numbers in schools. It is, of course, up to the local education authorities to decide how those resources are spent, but we urge them to consider the importance of in-service training.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Disruptive Pupils (Special Units) (13 Mar 1979)

Mr Gordon Oakes: The provision of in-service training is varied and flexible. The sort of training that my hon. Friend has suggested is undertaken by certain authorities, and I shall do nothing to discourage it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Disruptive Pupils (Special Units) (13 Mar 1979)

Mr Gordon Oakes: I am amazed at the hon. Gentleman. We are the Government who recently brought in the O-level mathematics and English requirements for teachers. That was something that Conservative Members had ample opportunity to do when they complained about standards. As to the academic attainment of teachers, in in-service training it is not only academic attainment that is important, but also the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Student Grants (13 Mar 1979)

Mr Gordon Oakes: Details of the amount of grant paid to individual students by local education authorities are not collected by my Department.


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