HC Deb 12 January 1978 vol 941 cc783-4W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the advice given by an official to the employers' representative, on the eve of the talks with the Fire Brigade Union that under no circumstances any increase would be allowed to be given to the firemen over the employers original offer, was made with his authority.

Mr. Merlyn Rees

I made it clear to the Fire Brigades Union when I met it with the Employers' Side of the National Joint Council on 3rd January that the Government stood by the guidance which I gave to the National Joint Council on 8th December last and that there could be no question of the firemen getting more than 10 per cent. in the current year.