HC Deb 04 April 1957 vol 568 c550
6. Mr. Lipton

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made in settling the wage claim of messengers and paperkeepers submitted by the Civil Service Union in July, 1956.

Mr. Powell

An interim settlement has been offered and the union's reply to the offer is being considered.

Mr. Lipton

Is not it deplorable that it has taken all this time, and Questions in the House, before the Treasury received a union deputation and made a miserable offer of 5s. a week to these lowest paid of our public servants? Why is the Treasury treating them in this dilatory and damnably off-hand sort of way [HON. MEMBERS: "Order."] By "damnably" I mean meriting the severest condemnation. Is the Chancellor deliberately trying to destroy the negotiating machinery?

Mr. Powell

No, Sir. There has been no avoidable delay in this matter The offer was made before I saw a deputation last month, and a further reply was sent within three weeks of receiving that deputation.