§ 6 and 7. Mr. Currie
asked the Minister of Labour (1) whether his attention has been drawn to the present dispute between Equity and the Independent Television Companies' Association; what steps he has taken with a view to conciliation; and if he will make a statement;
§ (2) whether he will consider inviting representatives of Equity and of the Independent Television Companies' Association to a meeting to be held under his auspices with a view to resolving the existing dispute between these parties.
§ Mr. Hare
No request has so far been made for my Department's assistance, although my officers have had informal discussions with representatives of 1351 Equity, the Independent Television Companies' Labour Relations Committee and the Independent Television Authority. I understand that further negotiations are now to take place between Equity and the employers.
§ Mr. Currie
While thanking my right hon. Friend for his reply, may I ask if he is aware that as a result of a fairly substantial offer of increased fees made by the companies the two parties are now very close together? In these circumstances, would he not consider using his good offices to bring an early end to this dispute?