§ Mr. Hordern
asked the Minister of Labour what discussions he has held with employers and unions following the publication of the National Board for Prices and Incomes Report on Pay and Conditions of Busmen.
§ Mr. St. John-Stevas
asked the Minister of Labour whether he will make a statement on his recent talks with officials of the Transport and General Worker's Union and the Federation of Municipal Passenger Transport Employers on the pay of provincial busmen.
§ Mrs. Shirley Williams,
pursuant to her reply [OFFICIAL REPORT, 11th July, 1966; Vol. 731, c. 946], supplied the following information
The Minister of Labour, Mr. Ray Gunter. today (13th June, 1966) met representatives of both sides of the National Joint Industrial Council for the Road Passenger Transport Industry to discuss the recent report of the National Board for Prices and Incomes on pay and conditions of busmen.
Both sides of the Council expressed their agreement with the aim of increasing productivity and pointed out that the Council had made considerable progress on, for example, one man operation. The claim before the Council would be considered at a meeting on 227W 22nd June in the light of the report from the Prices and Incomes Board. The Transport and General Workers' Union stressed their reservation with regard to the Board's report in relation to their declared views on incomes policy but they welcomed the opportunity to discuss increased productivity.
The Minister commended the recommendations of the Board to both sides of the Council for their consideration at the meeting on 22nd June.228W
The Minister of Labour, Mr. Ray Gunter, today (21st June, 1966) met representatives of the National Council for the Omnibus industry to discuss the recent report of the National Board for Prices and Incomes on pay and conditions of busmen.
The Minister commended the recommendations of the Board to the representatives of the Council. It was agreed that there should be a further meeting later if necessary.