HC Deb 28 June 1978 vol 952 c564W
Mr. St. John-Stevas

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the current representation on the Burnham Committee; and whether she will now consider offering a place on that Committee to the Professional Association of Teachers.

Miss Margaret Jackson

The composition of the Burnham Primary and Secondary Committee is as follows:

Management Panel
Association of County Councils 13
Association of Metropolitan Associations 10
Welsh Joint Education Comimttee 2
Department of Education and Science 2
Teachers' Panel
National Union of Teachers 16
National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education 2
National Association of Schoolmasters 3
Incorporated Association of Assistant Masters 2
Incorporated Association of Assistant Mistresses 2
Incorporated Association of Head Masters 1
Incorporated Association of Head Mistresses 1
National Association of Head Teachers 1

In view of the merger between the Incorporated Associations of Head Masters and Head Mistresses to form the Secondary Heads Association, and the intended merger in September of the Incorporated Associations of Assistant Masters and Assistant Mistresses, my right hon. Friend intends, once these mergers have been completed, to review the membership of the teachers' panel. Representations that she has received from the Professional Association of Teachers for membership of the Committee will be considered at the same time.