§ Mr. Woof
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) what is the current position with regard to the negotiations over the pay of university teachers; whether he will now refer the matter to independent arbitration: and if he will make a statement;
(2) on what grounds the request for arbitration of the dispute regarding university teachers' pay has been refused.
§ Mr. Normanton
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he is yet able to make a statement on the negotiations on university teachers' salaries.
§ Mr. Prentice
The negotiating committee has met three times since 17th April. I regret that a settlement has not yet been reached in the negotiations on increases in university academic salaries. The constituent members of the university side of the negotiating committee are now considering their position, and I shall make a further statement when I have heard their decision.