HC Deb 15 May 1973 vol 856 cc273-4W
24. Mr. Hamling

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations have been made to her by the National Union of Teachers on teacher supply.

Mrs. Thatcher

I met a deputation of the NUT on 2nd April. It said that it would be publishing its own estimates of the number of teachers needed. I have not had any communication from it since that date.

30. Mr. Pavitt

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will have a departmental inquiry into the reasons why, between December 1971 and August 1972, the number of teachers leaving the London borough of Brent was double that of the neighbouring borough of Harrow, the figures being 30.4 per cent. and 15 per cent.; and if she will provide for the terms of reference to include the cost of housing and the difficulties of finding accommodation.

Mr. St. John-Stevas

No, but my right hon. Friend is in consultations at national level about the possibility of conducting a sample survey among all authorities of teacher turnover during the current school year, and of the reasons for it.