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University Lecturers (Pay)

Volume 897: debated on Monday 4 August 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if, in view of the White Paper on incomes, it is intended to implement the recent commitment to pay university lecturers an increment to cover the increase in the cost of living from October 1974; if that increment will now be limited to £6 per week; and if he will make a statement.

My Department has now made a formal offer to the universities' side of the negotiating committee of an increase in conformity with the White Paper Cmnd. 6151. This offer is in addition to the recent arbitral award of 24·6 per cent.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science in view of the fact that part 1 of the university lecturers' pay settlement was agreed on the basis of a notional 20 per cent. cost of living increase to become payable in October 1975, and that during negotiations, figures were produced to illustrate the effect of such an increase on pay scales for 1975–76, if he will agree that in the event of such an increase being restricted, part 1 of the settlement should be subject to renegotiation.

The first stage of the settlement was the subject of an arbitral award and is not subject to renegotiation.