§ Mr. Hancock
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to harmonise the conditions of employment of casual and permanent employees at Portsmouth Naval Base. 
§ Mr. Spellar
This is a matter for the Chief Executive of the Naval Bases and Supply Agency. I have asked the Chief Executive to write to the hon. Member.
Letter from J. A. Trewby to Mr. Mike Hancock, dated 16 July 1997:I am replying to your question to the Secretary of State for Defence about harmonisation of conditions of employment of casual and permanent employees at Portsmouth Naval Base as this falls within my area of responsibility.All civilian staff at Portsmouth Naval Base are employed in accordance with the Civil Service Recruitment Code and terms and conditions of employment are in keeping with National Agreements and as laid out in the Ministry of Defence Personnel Manual. There are no plans to harmonise conditions of employment of casual and permanent employees.