§ 25. Mr. Wrigglesworth
asked the Minister for the Civil Service what pay claims he has received from Civil Service unions for 1977–78.
§ Mr. Charles R. Morris
No general pay claims relating to the current pay round have yet been submitted by the unions concerned.
§ Mr. Wrigglesworth
As there is no Pay Research Unit in operation, on what principles will the Government base their response to the pay claims of the Civil Service unions this time, and what timetable does my right hon. Friend envisage for the negotiations taking place?
§ Mr. Morris
As my hon. Friend will be aware, the operative date for any new pay awards will be 1st April 1978. I assure my hon. Friend that it is not the Government's intention to single out civil servants for more restrictive treatment than is required elsewhere. The guidance on earnings increases which will be applied to the Civil Service in the current pay round is that set out in Command Paper 6882.