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Teachers (Pay)

Volume 975: debated on Tuesday 11 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will implement the findings and recommendations of the Clegg Commission regarding the pay of school teachers; and whether he will increase financial support from central Government to local education authorities in order that these authorities shall not have to find any part of the increase in wages from their own existing resources.

The recommendations of the Standing Commission for pay comparability will be referred for negotiation within the Burnham committees. The cash limits on Government grant for 1979–80 and 1980–81 announced by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment on 16 November—[Vol. 973, c. 853–58]—make allowance for the cost of outstanding comparability awards, including that for teachers. A proportion of these costs will fall on local ratepayers in the normal way.