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Volume 976: debated on Tuesday 20 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what measures he is adopting to attract more teachers into subjects of teacher shortage such as mathematics, physics and business studies.

My right hon. Friend asked the colleges of education, in considering applicants for admission to teacher training in the current session, to give highest priority to those training in the shortage subjects. I understand that all suitable applicants in these subjects were in fact admitted. I am considering whether any further steps should be taken.