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Education

Volume 978: debated on Wednesday 6 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will enter into negotiations with the organisations representing the teaching professions over improvements in Red Book and circular 1029 standard, with a view to upgrading the quality of education in Scotland.

I have no plans at present for consultations about possible changes in school staffing standards. In the White Paper "The Government's Expenditure Plans 1980–81" (Cmnd. 7746) provision is made for a marginal improvement in both primary and secondary national pupil-teacher ratios as compared with those for which provision was made by the previous Administration for 1979–80.