§ 28. Mr. Barnes
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department why all main grade probation officers in Middlesex and other outer London areas are not paid the same excess rate as their counterparts in inner London.
§ Mr. Carlisle
The Joint Negotiating Committee for the Probation Service was unable last year to reach agreement on the payment of an excess rate to probation officers in the greater London area and the present arrangements, which my right hon. Friend prescribed in November, are based on an offer made by the employers' side of that committee before the announcement of the Government's counter-inflation policy.