HC Deb 06 February 1968 vol 758 cc56-7W
Mr. Palmer

asked the Minister of Power if he will introduce legislation to ensure that the various employing boards in the nationalised electricity and gas industries act as one employer in relation to their employees in the matter of continuity of employment, the payment of wages, salaries and other forms of remuneration and for superannuation purposes.

Mr. Freeson

No. It is already the duty of the Gas and Electricity Councils under the respective Nationalisation Acts to consult with appropriate organisations with a view to the establishment of machinery for the settlement of terms and conditions of employment. Agreements have been concluded in each industry which provide for negotiation centrally on matters such as those referred to by my hon. Friend, though there are some fields in which flexibility is desirable to meet varying local cicumstances.