§ 10. Mr. Onslow
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will commission an inquiry into the career structure of the teaching profession.
§ Mr. Edward Short
As I told the hon. Member for Cornwall, North (Mr. Pardoe) on 2nd December, I am prepared to consider an examination of the structure of teachers' salary scales.
§ Mr. Onslow
Does not the Secretary of State agree that unless such action is taken and unless the root causes of the present regrettable situation are removed, teaching may cease to be a profession worthy of the name?
§ Mr. Short
I certainly hope that agreement can be reached between the local authorities and the teachers' organisations on a radical review of the structure of teachers' salaries.
Mr. Newens: Would not my right hon. Friend agree that more emphasis should be placed in future on making the basic scale sufficiently attractive to good teachers who want to do a good job in the class-room, rather than on making the rewards at the top more attractive in the hope of keeping more teachers in the profession to scramble after these places?
§ Mrs. Thatcher
What kind of review has the right hon. Gentleman in mind—an internal departmental review, or a more public review?