HC Deb 19 November 1970 vol 806 cc1403-4
4. Mr. Marks

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what action she now proposes to take on the reports of the Public Schools Commission.

Mrs. Thatcher

None, Sir.

Mr. Marks

Is the right hon. Lady aware that the Public Schools Commission said that the independent schools were a divisive influence on society? Will she not do something to end this divisiveness? If not, will she resign from a Cabinet that contains a Prime Minister who claims to believe in "one nation"?

Mrs. Thatcher

I am a great believer in having an independent sector in education, and I never want to have a situation in which there is a State monopoly in education since that would be the worst of all possible worlds.