§ Mr. Crouch
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will assess the effect which temporary reductions in teaching staff in small primary schools has upon standards of achievement; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Deakins
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he has any plans to seek to amend the arrangement for determining teachers' pay by removing the provision for arbitration; and if he will make a statement.
§ Sir Keith Joseph
Provision for arbitration is built into the Remuneration of Teachers Act 1965: under that Act the rules governing arbitration are determined by the holder of my office. Since 1981 those have required the agreement of both sides before a reference to arbitration. That accords with general business practice and reflects the principle underlying employment legislation. I have no plans to make any amendment.