HC Deb 08 December 1975 vol 902 cc79-80W
Mr. Teddy Taylor

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) if the salary increases of up to £38 per week paid to nightwatchmen by Strathclyde Regional Council will qualify as reckonable expenditure for rate support grant purposes;

(2) if he is aware of the pay increases of up to £38 per week being made by the Strathclyde Regional Council to its night-watchmen; and whether these increases are consistent with the pay policy.

Mr. William Ross

I understand that the Questions relate to an agreement negotiated last April which has not yet been fully implemented in the region. As the agreement was made before the introduction of the present pay policy, the cost of implementation is likely to be acceptable for rate support grant purposes.