§ 8. Mr. Longden
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he has considered the draft recommendation on the status of teachers, made by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation; and what action Her Majesty's Government propose to take on that recommendation.
§ Mr. Goronwy Roberts
My right hon. Friend has studied the recommendation and is now considering with the other United Kingdom Education Ministers an invitation from U.N.E.S.C.O. to submit it to those concerned.
§ Mr. Longden
I am grateful to the hon. Member for that Answer, but is it not the case that we were represented at this conference last October and that our representative agreed that the results of the conference should be recommended for acceptance by the Government?
§ Mr. Roberts
Her Majesty's Government were party to the adoption of the recommendations, as approved by the general conference of U.N.E.S.C.O. last autumn. We broadly accept the recommendation. It is true that the value of 949 the document is that it now enables us to help teachers in developing countries to attain the conditions of service and academic freedoms which our own teachers undoubtedly enjoy.