§ 2. Mr. Hector Hughes
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware of the disparities between the salaries and conditions of service of probation officers in different parts of Great Britain, and that their removal was recommended by the Morison Report on the Probation Services; and what steps he intends to take to have them removed.
§ Mr. Hughes
Is not the right hon. Gentleman ashamed to continue to inflict these wrongs upon these probation officers—officers who are doing just as good work as, if not better work than, probation officers elsewhere and who deserve just as high remuneration? Will he look into this matter with a view to seeing that justice is done to these Scottish probation officers?
§ 35. Mr. Clark Hutchison
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he proposes to introduce legislation to implement recommendations of the Morison Committee proposing changes in the present administration of the probation service in Scotland.
§ Mr. Noble
Following consultation with the interested bodies, I have decided, after very careful consideration, that I should not take a final decision on the future administration of the Scottish probation service until I can also consider the effect of other developments in the field of social work in the prevention of crime and the treatment of offenders.
Meanwhile I am considering what steps can be taken to improve the service without legislation.
§ Mr. Hutchison
Could my right hon. Friend say what kind of steps they are? Do they involve salary alteration or alterations of conditions of service, or what?