asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what recent representations he has received about the current teachers dispute.
My Department has received many letters, and views have been expressed to me personally by various organisations including four of the six teacher unions.
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on the latest position regarding the dispute over teachers' pay and conditions.
I laid before the House on 9 April an order giving teachers an average pay rise of 8·2 per cent. backdated to 1 January and setting out duties and other conditions of employment. The NUT and NAS/UWT at their Easter conference have threatened further disruption in schools. The union activists have shown total disregard for the interests of children. Parents and the public will not support their selfish posturing at their pupils' expense.