§ Mr. Patrick Thompson
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he has completed his review of the teachers' panel of the Burnham primary and secondary committee; and if he will make a statement.
§ Sir Keith Joseph
Yes. I have decided that the National Union of Teachers should be represented by 13 instead of 16 members and that the National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education should cease to be represented on the committee. The new composition of the committee will be as follows:
Number Management Panel Association of County Councils 13 Association of Metropolitan Authorities 10 Welsh Joint Education Committee 2 Department of Education and Science 2 Teachers' Panel Assistant Masters and Mistresses Association 4 National Association of Schoolmasters/Union of Women Teachers 7 National Union of Teachers 13 Professional Association of Teachers 1 National Association of Head Teachers 2 Secondary Heads Association 1
I have suggested to the committee that, in order to preserve the working relationship between the Primary and Secondary and Further Education committees, it should use its rules of procedure to grant NATFHE non-voting observer status.
In order to comply with the requirements of the Remuneration of Teachers Act 1965, two variations to the determination of 19 January 1981 have been prepared to give effect to the changes. The variation determination to give effect to the change in NUT representation was made on 1 November and came into operation on 5 November. A copy has been placed in the Library. The variation order to give effect to the proposal to remove the National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education from the committee was made by statutory instrument on 1 November, will be laid before Parliament on 11 November to come into operation on 2 December.