HC Deb 02 April 1963 vol 675 cc235-6
36. Mrs. White

asked the Secretary to the Treasury what are the reasons for the delay in submitting the salary proposals for university teachers to the National Incomes Commission; when the submission is to be made; and what are the terms of reference.

Mr. Barber

The terms of reference for the review of remuneration of academic staff in universities and colleges of advanced technology were sent to the National Incomes Commission on 29th March and are published in full in today's issue of the London Gazette.

Mrs. White

Will the hon. Gentleman give us an assurance that this reference, which, one might say, was made in the nick of time, will not result in any further delay in the implementation of the recommendations and that, for instance, they will not be held up to await the Report of the Robbins Committee? Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the universities have already had a raw deal from Her Majesty's Government and that they are extremely anxious that there should be no further delay?

Mr. Barber

I cannot accept all that the hon. Lady says, but I realise, and the National Incomes Commission fully realises, the importance of completing the review with as much speed as is compatible with doing it thoroughly.