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Volume 891: debated on Monday 28 April 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland to what extent the recommendations of the Rodger Report, on conditions of service for teachers in further education in Scotland, have been implemented.

The report's recommendations covered conditions of service, staffing and salary structure in further education. Certain of the recommendations relating to conditions of service were adopted by the Scottish Teachers Service Conditions Committee. A recommendation for more flexibility in class sizes was implemented in the Further Education (Scotland) Regulations 1968. The staffing and related salary recommendations were unacceptable to the teacher associations. Alternative staffing proposals, based on the report, were subsequently circulated by my Department, but they also were opposed by the teacher associations. The Houghton Report established a new basis for the pay of further education teachers and has now effectively superseded the Rodger Report's salary recommendations. Various aspects of staffing in further education colleges are again under review in the light of the structure on which the Houghton recommendations were based.