§ 8. Mr. Moonman
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what contingency plans he has for dealing with major breaches of the wage and cost aspects of the social contract during the next six months.
§ 23. Mr. McCrindle
asked the Secretary of State for Employment which recent pay settlements within the public sector have violated the social contract.
§ 28. Mr. MacGregor
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what consideration he is giving to proposing the introduction of sanctions to deal with cases of breach of the social contract.
§ 30. Mr. Tebbit
asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many wage settlements he has publicly identified as being in breach of the social contract since its inception.
36. Mr. R. C. Mitchell
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a further statement about the working of the social contract to the present date.
§ Mr. Foot
My general assessment of the position remains as stated in my394W speech to the House on 5th November. Since then the TUC has issued a further circular to affiliated unions re-emphasising that unions should continue to operate within the guidelines of the Social Contract, and I very much welcome this.
§ 41. Mr. Hayhoe
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what are the estimated total numbers of people in the private sector and in the public sector covered by pay settlements known to his Department made during the last six months; and what percentage of each is covered by settlements which the Government believe to be outside their social contract with the TUC.
§ 57. Mr. Alison
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a statement on the relevance of the level of unemployment to the prospects for fulfilment of the social contract.
§ Mr. Foot
The Government's determination to restore and sustain full employment—as stated in our recent manifesto—constitutes an important element in the social contract. In turn this depends to a large extent on the TUC's guidelines being observed. If the guidelines were to be persistently breached it would be so much the more difficult to prevent heavy unemployment. It would also injure our ability to combat inflation and to undertake a wide-ranging programme of improvements in the economic and social fields.