§ Mr. Charles R. Morris
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what contingency plans the Government have prepared in the event of the industrial action now threatened by magistrates' court staff in furtherance of their pay claim; and what are the reasons for widening the differential between crown court and magistrates' court staff.
§ Mr. Whitelaw
As to the first part of the question, I do not think it would be helpful at this stage to say what action the Government might take in the circumstances indicated by the right hon. Member. As to the second part of the question, I refer the right hon. Member to the reply I gave to a question by the hon. Member for Ogmore (Mr. Powell) on 29 June.