§ Mr. Bishop
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science why she will not seek powers to make it a requirement that only qualified teachers shall be allowed to teach in independent schools; and to make such teachers subject to the same requirements as teachers in State schools.
§ Mrs. Thatcher
I do not need such powers. Independent schools are required by Part III of the Education Act, 1944, to provide efficient and suitable instruction: this calls for teachers with suitable qualifications and/or experience, though not necessarily with the formal status of "qualified teacher".