§ Mr. Rhodes James
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what plans he has to institute a review of the salaries of university and polytechnic teachers and researchers; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Chris Patten
None. The pay machinery for university teachers provides for a two-staged negotiating procedure. First, the staff side and university employers must agree to a proposal and, second, that proposal must then be agreed by a committee consisting of representatives of both sides and of the Government. Pay negotiations are in progress between the staff side and university employers.
The salaries of polytechnic teachers are considered by the Burnham further education committee. Negotiations which provided for increases phased between April arid December 1985 were completed last November.