§ Mr. Biffen
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what is the expected increase in rates and earnings likely to arise from the recent settlement of pay claims for craftsmen in the water supply industry; and if such increases are consistent with the Government's prices and incomes policy.
§ Mr. Skeffington
The only recent settlement for craftsmen in the water supply industry is one for engineering craftsmen. This would increase the basic rate by 4½d. an hour, or 15s. a week, from 7th January. Precise figures for overtime are not available, but average earnings could increase by up to 18s. a week. The agreement has been notified to my right hon. Friend under the usual arrangements and he hopes to be able to let the industry have his views very shortly.