HC Deb 05 November 1970 vol 805 cc417-8W
55. Mrs. Castle

asked the Secretary of of State for Employment how many companies have now registered their procedure agreements with his Department; what percentage of employees are now covered by this registration; how many procedure agreements have been found to be unsatisfactory; how many have been referred to the Commission on Industrial Relations for investigation and report, and what use he is making of the Manpower and Productivity Service to follow up these reports.

Mr. Bryan

Two hundred and seventy-seven employing about one-fifth of the total working population were invited to notify their procedure agreements to this Department and, of these, 265 have responded. The material is not used to classify individual procedure agreements

Friend, made on 2nd November.—[Vol. 805, c. 668.]

Mr. Sillars

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will detail the work on which the National Board for Prices and Incomes is presently engaged; when each outstanding reference was made; and when the reports on each reference will be published.

Mr. Bryan

The references at present being considered by the Board and the dates on which they were made are as follows:

as satisfactory or otherwise but to identify particular weaknesses. The Department's Manpower and Productivity Service is undertaking a series of visits at plant level to assess the practical working of the procedures and offers advice and help where needed. No reference has yet been made to the Commission on Industrial Relations arising out of the arrangements for the notification of procedure agreements.