HC Deb 04 March 1986 vol 93 c120W
Sir Geoffrey Finsberg

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science on what basis he allocates seats on the Burnham committee as between the National Union of Teachers and the Professional Association of Teachers; and if he will now revise these allocations so as to reflect more exactly total memberships of those unions.

Sir Keith Joseph

In reviewing representation on the teachers' panel of the Burnham primary and secondary committee I, like my predecessors, take account of the numbers in membership of the teacher associations and the nature of their membership. The teachers' panel was recently reconstituted to reflect the membership of the unions as at 31 December 1984 (the latest date for which figures are available for all associations).