HC Deb 08 February 1973 vol 850 cc184-5W
Mr. Lomas

asked the Secretary of State for Employment (1) who will be able to make references to the Pay Board;

(2) whether the Minister responsible for a particular group of workers will be able to make reference to the Pay Board;

(3) whether the responsibility for making reference to the Pay Board will rest with the trade unions, the management side or the Minister.

Mr. Chichester-Clark

It is proposed in the Counter-Inflation Bill that Ministers should be empowered to refer questions to the Pay Board and the Prices Commission for examination and report. The Ministers concerned are the Minister for the Civil Service, Treasury Ministers, all Secretaries of State, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications.

Information about increases in remuneration may be required by order to be notified direct to the Pay Board under Clauses 5 and 12 of the Counter-Inflation Bill, which will specify on whom the responsibility will rest.