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Volume 976: debated on Tuesday 18 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what progress has been made in considering proposals by the University Authorities Panel and the Association of University Teachers on university staff pay, and the level of grants to universities.

Meetings of the negotiating committee on university teachers' pay were held on the 3 and 11 December and yesterday. Negotiations are continuing and I hope that a settlement will be reached shortly. My right hon. and learned Friend announced on 28 November a revision of the universities' recurrent grant for 1979–80.