HC Deb 15 June 1967 vol 748 c762
26. Mr. Turton

asked the Secretary Of State for Education and Science what steps he takes, in order to carry out his functions under Part III of the Education Act, 1944, to inform himself of the reasons why professional associations of independent schools refuse to admit to membership particular headmasters or headmistresses.

Mrs. Shirley Williams

None, Sir. But my right hon. Friend is always ready to consider any relevant information given to him by any well-established association.

Mr. Turton

As associations carry out their own system of inspection into the running of schools by applicants asking for membership, is the hon. Lady aware that certain mistakes would have been avoided by her Department if there had been greater contact between her Department and those associations.

Mrs. Williams

We have our own system of inspection. The Question was basically about the membership of professional associations, which is not a matter in which we think it proper to interfere.