§ Mr. Fairgrieve
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is in a position to make a definite pay offer to Scottish school teachers.
§ Mr. McElhone
Negotiations on the pay of Scottish teachers are a matter for the Scottish teachers salaries committee. At a meeting on 19 March the management side, on which I am represented, made an offer of 8 per cent. with effect from 1 April 1979, linked with a reference to the Standing Commission on pay comparability. A further meeting of the committee has been arranged for 2 April.