HC Deb 20 February 1979 vol 963 cc118-9W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Prime Minister whether in his recent discussions with the trade unions on the initiative for a new concordat including a committee to establish correct differentials and the implementation of a non-striking rule for wage and salary payments on a comparability basis mention was made of the Government's action in these fields so far as the Civil Service and Boyle Committee on salaries of the higher paid were concerned; and whether such reports of these committees will be binding.

The Prime Minister

The Government's decisions on Civil Service pay and the recommendations of the existing review bodies were not discussed in detail during the recent discussions with the TUC. The nature of the continuing arrangements proposed in paragraph 35 of the joint statement by the TUC and the Government will be the subject of further consultations.

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