HC Deb 23 July 1985 vol 83 c510W
38. Mr. Leigh

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations he has received towards the establishment of a General Teachers Council.

Sir Keith Joseph

In 1982 I received requests from the Campaign for a General Teaching Council, the Joint Council of Heads and the Professional Association of Teachers for an inquiry into the possible establishment of a council. Right hon. and hon. Members and others have inquired from time to time about my views on the case for a council. I have replied that I would need to be convinced that such proposals commanded wide support and safeguarded the interests of producers and consumers alike, before the Government could consider whether to support the establishment of a council.