asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if negotiations concerning the pay and conditions of officers and other grades within the Prison Service are taking place; when a settlement is likely to be reached and announced; and when such a settlement would become operative.
The pay of non-industrial grades employed in the Prison Service will be reviewed at the same time as the pay of other non-industrial civil servants, for settlement on 1st April 1978. Negotiations are in progress with the Agricultural Wages Board which include the pay of agricultural staff employed in Prison Service establishments. The operative date for their settlement is 20th January 1978. The next review date for other industrial civil servants employed in Prison Service establishments is 1st July 1978.