§ 51. Mr. Strang
asked the right hon. Member for Middlesbrough (Mr. Bottomley), as representing the House of Commons Commissioners, what progress has been made in implementing the recommendations of the Bottomley committee; and if he will make a statement.
§ 52. Mr. Greville Janner
asked the right hon. Member for Middlesbrough (Mr. Bottomley), as representing the House of Commons Commissioners, what progress he has made in his review of the pay structure and grading of House of Commons staff.
§ Mr. Arthur Bottomley
The House of Commons (Administration) Act 1978 provided the necessary legislative framework for the Committee's recommendations and the Commission has been meeting regularly since the Act came into force a year ago. So, too, has the Board of Management following its appointment by the Commission. A new Whitley Committee constitution has been agreed between stall and management and is the basis of industrial relations in the House. The grading review recommended by my Committee began in October and is proceeding very satisfactorily.