§ Mr. Bendall
asked the Minister for the Civil Service if he will make a statement on negotiations with the Institution of Professional Civil Servants about the pay in professional and technical grades within the Civil Service.
§ Mr. Channon
My right hon. and noble Friend the Lord President and I met a delegation from the Institution of Professional Civil Servants on Friday 20 July, and there have been discussions between the IPCS and officials from my Department subsequently. These are continuing and I hope that they will lead to an early resolution of this dispute.