asked the Minister of Labour if he will make a statement concerning the report of the working party set up to examine the issues involved in implementing the principle of equal pay.
As the House knows from replies to previous Questions, my right hon. Friend set up an inter-departmental working party of officials to consider the economic and social consequences of implementing equal pay earlier this year. The report of this working party has now been received and is being considered. This is a large and complex subject but a further announcement will be made as soon as possible.
Will my hon. Friend accept that we are pleased that the report has now been received and hope that there will not be as long a delay in receiving the Minister's statement on it as there was in receiving the report in the first place?