§ 15. Mr. Ridley
asked the Minister of Transport if he will raise the salaries of the board members of the nationalised industries under his control to levels commensurate with those paid by the British Steel Corporation.
§ 24. Mr. Webster
asked the Minister of Transport whether he will hold a review of the salary structure for board members in the nationalised industries sponsored by his Department.
§ Mr. Marsh
As I told the House on 15th March, 1967, the salaries fixed for members of the then new Steel Corporation were related to the special position of the steel industry. It will of course be necessary later this year to determine the salaries of members of the new authorities proposed in the Transport Bill. These salaries will be considered in the light of the need to obtain the best people for the jobs and of the position elsewhere in nationalised transport and in nationalised industries generally.
§ Mr. Ridley
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that his position of pretending that the Steel Corporation is in some way special is entirely bogus and without foundation? Will he admit that the Government have made a serious error in underpaying the chairmen and board members of nationalised industries, and will he give an undertaking to put it right 402 in the forthcoming review to which he has referred?
§ Mr. Webster
Does the Minister agree that it is essential to bring in the best people from outside industry and to recruit people from inside nationalised industries, and will he undertake not to be intimidated by the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity?