§ Mr. Donald Stewart
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will now take steps to review the legislation which has the effect of requiring local authorities to dismiss teachers who fail to register with the General Teaching Council.
§ Mr. Gordon Campbell
No. The Teaching Council (Scotland) Act, 1965 removed from the Secretary of State his power to award and to suspend or withdraw certificates of competency to teach and conferred comparable powers on the General Teaching Council. To enable the Council to exercise these powers effectively it was necessary to provide that only registered teachers should be eligible to hold permanent appointments in the schools and that is still the position.