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Volume 983: debated on Wednesday 23 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he is yet ready to announce his plans for an advisory committee on the supply and education of teachers.

I have decided to constitute an advisory committee for an initial period of five years. Dr. Clifford Butler has agreed to become the first chairman.The terms of reference will be:

" To advise the Secretaries of State for Education and Science and for Wales on the development and implementation of national policy for the supply and education of teachers for maintained schools and establishments of further education in England and Wales. "

I am inviting bodies to nominate members as follows:

Association of County Councils5
Association of Metropolitan Authorities4
Welsh Joint Education Committee1
National Union of Teachers2
National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education3
National Association of School-masters/Union of Women Teachers1
Assistant Masters and Mistresses Association1
Secondary Heads Association1
National Association of Head Teachers1
Association of University Teachers1
Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals2
Committee of Directors of Polytechnics1
Church of England Board of Education1
Catholic Education Council1

In addition, the chairman of the Schools Council is being invited to serve ex officio. I will also continue to appoint a few members directly, and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales will appoint two members directly. The names of directly appointed members will be anounced shortly.