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I apologise, Mr. Speaker, for having begun to speak when you called my hon. Friend. I have had difficulty in catching the eye of the Chair in the past, and have sometimes called for candles. On this occasion, however, perhaps I should have called for a deaf aid, because I did not hear my hon. Friend's name called.
I was a little puzzled by the new Clause, because my impression was that it would be quite in order for an employer to pay bonuses based on improvements in productivity although it would not be in order to pay bonuses by way of recognising merit, or anything of that kind. I was therefore interested more specifically in Amendment No. 38, which refers to
a wage increase reflecting an actual increase in output achieved under a productivity agreement …
I support what has been said by my hon. Friend the Member for Barry (Mr. Gower) and other of my hon. Friends, in pointing out that what the country requires are agreements which encourage productivity. It is because we have failed to achieve the targets which have
been set for our industry that the Government have been forced to bring forward this ill-conceived Measure which is producing the freeze. It will not have the desired effect. I would have thought that anything that can be done to encourage the development of wage agreements based on real productivity should be done.