§ Mr. John Robertson
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what action he proposes to take in the light of the report of the National Board for Prices and Incomes on Scottish teachers' salaries.
§ Mr. Ross
The Government are grateful to the National Board for Prices and Incomes for its careful examination of those aspects of Scottish teachers' salaries referred to it on 24th January. In the Government's view the report affords no grounds for varying the award now current and I shall accordingly, in making final salaries regulations with effect from 1st April, proceed on the general basis of the scales and allowances set out in the draft regulations issued on 31st January and since given effect in the provisional regulations made on 7th March. Before making final regulations, however, I intend to discuss with the Scottish Joint Council for Teachers' Salaries points arising from the representations submitted on the draft regulations. The Board's recommendations about the timing of future salary negotiations will be carefully considered.