§ Mr. Nicholls
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what progress there has been on the Whitley Council negotiations on speech therapists' pay; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Whitney
I understand that when the management side of the scientific and professional staffs council met the staff side representatives of speech therapists on 19 June an offer representing an increase of 5.5 per cent. of the pay bill was rejected. Negotiations were adjourned and a further meeting has yet to be arranged.