HC Deb 26 January 1978 vol 942 cc732-3W
Mr. Michael Latham

asked the Secretary of State for Employment why his Department registered an objection to the settlement reached by the heating and ventilating contractors; what are the specific features to which it objects; when his agreement was promulgated; when the Department intervened; and what is the latest position.

Mr. Harold Walker

The parties negotiated an agreement in September 1977 providing for an increase of 20 per cent. They were immediately asked to renegotiate and on 26th November promulgated a revised agreement which was also in excess of the guidelines. I informed the negotiators on 1st December. The parties have now negotiated a further agreement promulgated on 16th January which provides for increases which are within the pay guidelines.