HC Deb 30 January 1991 vol 184 c508W
Mr. Darling

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what was the percentage increase in pay for university(a) teachers and (b) support staff in each year from 1985 to 1990.

Mr. Alan Howarth

The figures are given in the table and relate to total average percentage increases during the year 1 April to 31 March. The figures take into account both lump sum payments and discretionary pay awards where applicable. The normal settlement dates are 1 April, except for clerical staff and computer operators where it is 1 July. Phased increases have not been identified.

interim report of the national curriculum working group for art, together with our letter to the group's chairman, Professor Colin Renfrew. Copies of this initial advice, including our letter, have been placed in the Library. We welcome the progress which the group has made in developing the attainment targets and programmes of study for art. We have emphasised the need for the group to make recommendations that are much more flexible and less prescriptive than those for other national curriculum subjects, and that the language in which the targets and programmes of study are expressed should be simple, clear and readily understood.

Although we have concluded that it would not be right to compel every single pupil in the 14-to-16 age group to study art, we have made it clear to the group that we still wish it to offer advice in its final report on appropriate courses of study for this age group. We look forward to receiving the group's final report by the end of June.