§ Mr. Biffen
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what discussions he has had with the union leaders of manual workers in the water supply industry; and if he will list the adjustments to the recent pay settlement required to bring it within the Government's incomes policy.
§ Mr. K. Robinson
Representatives of both sides of the industry met officials of the Department on Wednesday 22nd January to discuss their recent pay settlement for manual workers.
It is not yet clear whether the settlement can be justified under the Government's incomes policy, but the industry have undertaken to provide certain additional information relating to productivity to enable the matter to be further considered.