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University Staff(Pay Offer)

Volume 174: debated on Thursday 14 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will give the reasons for the delay in his Department's approving, via committee B of the universities' negotiating machinery, the vice-chancellors' offer of a 9 per cent. pay increase, accepted by university academic and related staff on 11 May; and what steps he is taking to expedite the process of ratification.

There has been no unnecessary delay. The Government are giving careful consideration to the salary increases for university non-clinical academic and related staff proposed in the 25th report of committee A of the universities academic salaries committees.