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Volume 932: debated on Monday 16 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the proportion of employees covered by national agreements in (a) central Government, (b) local government (c) the nationalised industries and (d) other public bodies, the percentage increases in earnings for those in each of the four categories who are covered by national agreements, and who are not covered by national agreements respectively, in 1974, 1975 and 1976; and, in the case of those employees in each of the four categories who are covered by both national and local agreements, what is the proportion of their earnings determined by each kind of agreement.

The figures requested are not available. However, in each branch of the public sector, all the main categories of employees are covered by national collective agreements and supplementary local agreements are exceptional.