§ 32. Mr. Patrick Thompson
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many representations he has received following his statement on teachers' pay on Monday 2 March.
§ Mr. Kenneth Baker
Since my statement on 2 March I have received around 100 letters from hon. Members and almost 500 letters from members of the public on teachers' pay and conditions.
§ 43. Mr. Madel
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether, pursuant to his statement on 2 March, Official Report,column 591, he has yet received any approach from teachers trade union leaders on the question of future negotiating rights in the profession; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mrs. Rumbold
My right hon. Friend received a letter from the general secretaries of the three largest teacher associations last week asking that direct negotiation be restored before 1 April 1988. In his reply he stated that it remained his view that a breathing space and experience of the operation of the interim advisory committee are needed before decisions can be reached about the right permanent arrangements. The Government wish to move towards new permanent arrangements but continuing disruption in schools can only delay this process.
§ 45. Mr. Andrew MacKay
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science when he last met representatives of the National Union of Teachers to discuss teachers' pay and conditions.
§ Mrs. Rumbold
My right hon. Friend last met representatives of the NUT on 21 January to discuss teachers' pay and conditions of employment. He has since met Mr. Jarvis on more than one occasion when this subject has been discussed.