§ 19. Mr. Pardoe
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he is satisfied that the recently announced pay negotiations for civil servants are within the guidelines of the social contract.
§ 20. Mr. Tim Renton
asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he will make it his practice to make his views known on inflationary wage claims before the negotiations are completed rather than after.
§ Mr. Foot
No. The Government have repeatedly stressed the need for adherence to the pay guidelines and expect negotiators to take them into account in formulating wage claims, but I do not believe that Government pronouncement on each individual claim while negotiations are in progress would be helpful either in preventing disputes or in curbing inflation.
§ 26. Mr. Ioan Evans
asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he continues to be satisfied with the working of the social contract; and if any representations have been made for an alternative arrangement.
§ Mr. Foot
I would refer my hon. Friend to what I said in reply to a similar Question a little earlier. As far as representations about an alternative to the social contract are concerned, there has been no shortage of criticism both malicious and otherwise but constructive suggestions have been less evident and insistent.