§ Mr. Gordon Wilson
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.
§ Mr. Alexander Fletcher
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.