§ 40. Mr. Tony Lloyd
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will meet local education authorities to discuss morale in the teaching profession.
§ Mr. Chris Patten
Both my right hon. Friend and I hold frequent meetings with representatives of the local authority associations and of individual local authorities and we are well aware of their views on the morale of the teaching profession. My right hon. Friend is aware that they would like to lift morale and thinks that can best be done through a bargain which would simultaneously raise pay levels, improve promotion prospects, introduce a new career structure, and clarify teachers' duties.