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Volume 939: debated on Friday 25 November 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she is satisfied with a ratio of one man to every 13 women trainee teachers following courses specifically designed for intending teachers in the infant and junior age range; and what ratio she considers desirable.

I do not think that it would be desirable to recommend a figure of the kind suggested. The present position reflects long-standing patterns of student choice and of employment for the teaching of young children.