§ Mr. Chris Patten
The principal statutory responsibilities and initiatives undertaken by the Department since 1979 include the following:
Statutory ResponsibilitiesEducation Act 1980: new arrangements for school government; new responsibilities on the Secretary of State in respect of parental appeals; the assisted places scheme and other provisions.Education Act 1981: new responsibilities on the Secretary of State in respect of parental appeals and the approval of special schools and other provisions.National Heritage Act 1983: new arrangement for Victoria and Albert and science museums.Education (Grants and Awards) Act 1984 and Education (Amendment) Act 1986: provision for the payment of education support grants to local education authorities and other provisions.Local Government Act 1985: setting of the precept limit for the Inner London education authority.
Other InitiativesEducation Bill 1986Managing the contraction of the schools system to cope with falling rollsReform of examinations to create a single 16+ examinationProposals for an 18+ examinationRe-examination of school curriculum to establish its main content and standards to be attainedCurricular policies for key subjectsInitiating a national system of records of achievements for school leaversWhite Paper "Better SchoolsFollow-up work on the Swann committee of inquiry into the education of children from ethnic minority groupsDevising action to deal with drug abuse and AIDSEstablishment of the microelectronics education programme (MEP) and its successor the microelectronics education support unit (MESU)Abolition of the Schools Council and setting up of the Secondary Examinations Council (SEC) and the School Curriculum Development Committee (SCDC)Reform of the Inner London education authorityProgramme of development projects for lower attaining pupilsTechnical and vocational education initiative (TVEI)Certificate of pre-vocational education (CPEVE)Publication and follow-up reports from Her Majesty's inspectors of schoolsReview of higher education policy and issue of Green Paper "The Development of Higher Education into the 1990sPursuing quality and cost effectiveness in higher education. Follow-up to the Jarratt efficiency review of universities and the Lindop Report of public sector validation. Croham review of the university Grants CommitteeProfessional industrial and commercial updating programme (PICKUP)Adult unemployed programme (REPLAN)Student grants reviewsSetting up of the National Body for Public Sector Higher Education (NAB)College-employer links project (CELP)Educational contribution to the Manpower Services Commission's initiatives on training, including White Papers "Training for Jobs" and "Working Together—Education and TrainingNew arrangements for in-service training for teachersWork towards long term reform of teachers' pay, duties and contractEstablishment of the Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (CATE)Major reviews of science policy and its support, including support of university scientific research (1982), Social Science 58W Research Council (1982), postgraduate education (1982), in-house and university research (1983), commissioned research (1983), the UK's role in high energy particlephysics (1985, special complementing (1986) and private funding of research (1986)Development work on the educational component of the needs assessment for the rate support grant systemFinancial management initiative and centrally imposed initiatives on personnel managementFinancial management review of non-departmental public bodies
It would not be possible to quantify the number of staff involved without a disproportionate effort. So far the Department has managed to contain these new demands within the manpower ceilings.
§ Mr. Chris Patten
The full-time equivalent staff-in-post figures for the Department of Education and Science including the UGC are as follows:
Staff-in-post on 1 April Administrative Grades HMI Total 1970 2,562 532 3,094 1971 2,516 478 2,996 1972 2,527 459 2,986 1973 2,519 440 2,959 1974 2,430 441 2,871 1975 2,475 433 2,908 1976 2,491 427 2,918 1977 2,397 411 2,808 1978 2,277 401 2,678 1979 2,286 401 2,687 1980 2,222 421 2,643 1981 2,140 407 2,547 1982 2,036 392 2,428 1983 2,024 381 2,405 1984* 1,993 390 2,383 1985* 1,971 460 2,431 1986* 1,948 464 2,412 * From July 1983 staff assigned to the Office of Arts and Libraries were no longer part of the Department