HC Deb 05 March 1970 vol 797 c135W
34. Mr. Biffen

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he is aware of the violence amongst pupils at secondary schools, and the hazards this is creating for teachers; what steps he is proposing to take to deal with this; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Edward Short

I have, of course, seen reports of violence among pupils of secondary schools. Any violence in schools must be a matter for concern, but it is possible that some reports may give an exaggerated impression of the extent of the problem. Discipline in schools is a matter for the teachers, Governors and the local education authorities.