§ 4. Mrs. Castle
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reply he has sent to the recent statement on firewomen's pay sent to him by the National Joint Council for local authorities' fire brigades.
§ Mr. R. A. Butler
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland and I informed the National Joint Council, on 21st April, that after carefully considering the report which they recently submitted we had decided that a re-assessment of the basis on which the pay of firewomen is calculated should be deferred until a more appropriate time, and that for the present the revision of firewomen's pay should be limited to the consequential increases which they would have received on the basis of the local authority salary scale to which the pay of firewomen has hitherto been related, with coresponding increases for the higher ranks. Regulations to this effect have been laid before Parliament.