§ Mr. Brocklebank-Fowler
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is able to announce the result of his discussions with the Civil Service Department and the Institution of Professional Civil Servants in respect of recruitment for the State Veterinary Service.
§ Mr. Godber
The discussions with the Civil Service Department and the138W Institution of Professional Civil Servants on various matters affecting recruitment to the professional grades of the State Veterinary Service are continuing. As regards the effect of pay on recruitment, any settlement of the pay of veterinary officers must await a settlement for the Science Group to which their pay is linked, as explained more fully in my right hon. Friend's reply of 22nd January—[Vol. 867, c. 266]—to the hon. Member for Manchester, Wythenshawe (Mr. Alfred Morris).