HC Deb 26 May 1966 vol 729 c707
24. Dr. Gray

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if the new award to doctors means that the differential between the pay of university teachers teaching medical subjects and those teaching other disciplines will be still further increased.

Mr. Crosland

The pay scales for university clinical academic staff will be determined in the light of the movement of salaries of university teachers generally, the recent award to doctors and the advice given to the Government by the University Grants Committee.

Dr. Gray

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the existing differentiation causes great anger and indignation among all academics not teaching medical subjects? Will he initiate discussions with the appropriate trade union, the Association of University Teachers, to see whether it can be reduced?

Mr. Crosland

I am to have the pleasure of attending the annual dinner of the Association of University Teachers tonight, where I do not doubt that I shall hear more about this. I am aware that this is a rather angry and indignant world generally, but I still prefer not to go beyond what I have already said.