§ Sir G. JONES
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether, in view of the recent decision with regard to an immediate increase on promotion to the clerical classes of the Civil Service for the ex-service "S" class clerks and the treatment extended to them as against their predecessors who entered those classes from the Lytton and Southborough competitions and under the provisions of the Guinness agreement, he will now agree to the re-opening of the starting pay case and for a fresh consideration of the same?1109W
§ Mr. COOPER
The question of the application to the case of "S" class clerks promoted to the clerical classes of the recent Award No. 1559 of the Industrial Court in regard to increases on promotion is still the subject of negotiation with the staff associations concerned, and no decision has yet been reached. The starting pay arrangements referred to in the question were determined in accordance with an award of the Industrial Court and an agreement with representatives of the men concerned, and there is no question of reopening these arrangements except to the limited extent which may be found necessary in accordance with the latter part of paragraph 16 of Award 1559.