Mr. John M. Taylor
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the current state of relations between the Crown employer and the Civil Service trades unions.
§ Mr. Brooke
Pay settlements for 1988 have recently been reached with the two largest Civil Service unions, the CPSA and NUCPS, and discussions have begun with both unions on longer-term arrangements for settling pay, with a view to reaching agreement by the end of this year. Formal agreements on long-term pay arrangements have already been concluded with other Civil Service unions. Discussions and negotiations with the unions continue in accordance with normal arrangements on a range of other matters.