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Burnham Committee

Volume 84: debated on Wednesday 30 October 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what account he took of the non-recognition by certain local education authorities of the Professional Association of Teachers when revising the union side representatives of the Burnham committee; and if he will make a statement.

In reviewing the composition of the teachers' panel of the Burnham P&S committee, I have followed my predecessors as Secretary of State and used as my criteria the numbers in membership of the different unions and the distinctive nature of their membership. The committeee is responsible for reviewing the pay of school teachers throughout England and Wales and these criteria reflect that national function.