§ 38. Mr. W. Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will take immediate steps to implement the recommendation, contained in paragraph 349 of chapter 12 of the Departmental Committee Report on the Probation Service, regarding consultation with the interested parties with a view to the establishment of a sole negotiating body for Great Britain.
§ Mr. Noble
I intend in consultation with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department to ask the organisations concerned to consider this question. But I have, in the first place, referred the recommendations of the Committee on pay and conditions of service to the existing negotiating machinery. This seems right in view of the time which would necessarily be 584 involved in any reorganisation of the machinery.
§ Mr. Hamilton
Does not the right hon. Gentleman realise the urgency of this problem? Why the delay in implementating a relatively simple proposition of this kind? Does not he recognise that the probation officers in Scotland have an even greater grievance than their counterparts in England in that they will lose money by the delay in implementing proposals on any pay increase which is given and that the 2½ per cent. is miserable enough without adding this insult to the injury already suffered?
§ Mr. C. Royle
Will the Secretary of State say what use it is to refer this to the joint negotiating committee when in England the committee's recommendation has been turned down by the Government?