§ Mr. Sillars
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been the increase in fire service wage rates for each designated rank under the current wages policy; if these increases are consolidated in basic rates; and if future increases under the next round to July 1977 will be consolidated or treated as a threshold payment.
§ Dr. Summerskill
Under current pay policy £6 per week supplements for all whole-time operational ranks in the fire service up to the rank of assistant chief officer have been negotiated by the National Joint Council for Local Authorities' Fire Brigades. Assistant chief fire officers' supplements are subject to the £8,500 cut off. None of the supplements has been consolidated in basic rates. We cannot anticipate the outcome of future pay negotiations in the council.