HC Deb 11 December 1963 vol 686 cc395-6
31. Mr. Wolrige-Gordon

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will now set up a single negotiating body for the probation service; and if he will make a statement.

The Under-Secretary of State for Scotland (Lady Tweedsmuir)

My right hon. Friends the Home Secretary and the Secretary of State hope very soon to begin discussions with the interested parties about the Morison Committee's recommendation that there should be a single negotiating body for the probation service in Great Britain.

Mr. Wolrige-Gordon

Is my hon. Friend aware that the Secretary of State, in reply to Questions earlier this year, said that consultations would be held as soon as a settlement of salaries for Scottish probation officers had been achieved? This settlement was reached and this is a matter of considerable urgency for the probation service. Will she conclude the negotiations as quickly as possible?

Lady Tweedsmuir

Yes, Sir. But the newly agreed salaries will not come into operation altogether until the end of 1964, and therefore this temporary delay will not affect anyone.

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