asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will accept the award made by the arbitration body set up to consider the pay claim for teaching staff in schools in Scotland.
I am today notifying the Scottish joint negotiating committee for teaching staff in school education that, in terms of section 97B of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980, I have decided to accept the award by the arbitration body of a 6 per cent. increase in the salaries of school teachers in Scotland as from 1 April 1982. As has already been made abundantly clear in the course of the negotiations which led to the reference to arbitration, I am not prepared to accept any additional commitment by way of rate support grant as a result of pay awards which exceed the average of 4 per cent. for which provision has been made in the public sector.