§ 37. Mr. Montague
asked the Minister of Health the minimum number of hours per week which clerical officers in the employ of local authorities must work under existing agreements; whether or not it is the general practice of local authorities to pay for hours worked by clerical officers in excess of the weekly minimum; and whether he will issue any guidance to local authorities on the matter?
§ Mr. E. Brown
I regret that I have no detailed information as to the first two parts of my hon. Friend's Question. He 1235 will understand that this is a matter which is within the discretion of local authorities themselves, and I do not think it appropriate for general guidance.