Mr Galbraith said: 'I established the committee of inquiry last year because an impasse had yet again been reached in the discussions on pay and conditions for teachers within the SJNC. The committee was established as an independent inquiry, to look at all the issues and to report their recommendations.
'I would like to thank Gavin McCrone and all members of his committee for their efforts. I know how widely they have consulted and how complex the issues are. I am sure that the publication of this report represents an important opportunity for the teaching profession and employers to work with the Scottish executive to secure a modern framework for professional conditions of service for teachers.
'Gavin McCrone and his committee have had a relatively short period of time to produce what I know will be a comprehensive and considered report. I look forward to reading it thoroughly and then - as I outlined last week - consulting with interested parties on the recommendations. We will need to consider the recommendations carefully in the light of what is needed and what can be afforded.
1. The McCrone committee was established in September last year with the following terms of reference:
The committee is requested to inquire widely into:
a) how teachers' pay, promotion structures and conditions of service should be changed in order to ensure a committed, professional and flexible teaching force which will secure high and improving standards of school education for all children in Scotland into the new millennium; and
b) the future arrangements for determining teachers' pay and conditions in Scotland following the removal of the statutory basis of the Scottish joint negotiating committee (school education) now proposed by the Scottish executive;
and to make recommendations.
2. The membership of the committee is:
Professor Gavin McCrone - visiting professor Edinburgh University Management School;
Mr Alan Campbell - chief executive Aberdeenshire Council;
Mr Campbell Christie - former general secretary of the Scottish Trade Union Congress;
Professor Bob Elliot - professor of economics, Aberdeen University;
Mr David Hutchinson - president of the Scottish School Boards Association;
Miss Patricia McColl - headteacher, Campie Primary School, Musselburgh;
Mr Norrie McLeod - general manager (personnel) Standard Life Assurance Company since 1991;
Mrs Anne Mulgrew - headteacher, St Andrew's High School, East Kilbride.