HC Deb 16 December 1970 vol 808 cc1323-4
7. Mr. Moyle

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will issue a circular to local authorities recommending them to extend work-studied bonus schemes for greater numbers of their employees, as recommended by the National Board for Prices and Incomes, Report No. 29.

The Minister for Local Government and Development (Mr. Graham Page)

Yes, Sir. This is an appropriate time to do so since, with my right hon. Friend's encouragement, the Local Authorities Management Services and Computer Committee—L.A.M.S.A.C.—has taken steps to increase the extended advisory service it offers to local authorities setting up such schemes.

Mr. Moyle

I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for that reply. Would he not agree that this is a far better way of maintaining the hard-won peace in the local authority area than uttering hysterical cries about someone like Sir Jack Scamp when he undertakes a difficult job at short notice in the public interest?

Mr. Page

This encouragement to local authorities was under consideration long before the Scamp Report, and my right hon. Friend visited local authorities with this purpose in mind very shortly after coming into office.

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