Discussions on the new pay scales for Service legal officers were overtaken by the Prices and Incomes Standstill. Increases in pay for these officers are still under consideration and I hope to be able to announce the amounts and the timing before 1st July, 1967, which is the earliest possible date of implementation under Cmnd. 3150.
I thank the right hon. Gentleman for that reply. From what date will the increases run? Is he aware that these services are greatly undermanned, that one of the greatest needs of justice is that it should he speedy and that these officers are being treated totally differently from their equivalents in other branches?
The hon. Member will know that, under Government policy, it is not possible to give people increases now as a temporary measure. All these matters are under consideration, but I hope to be able to announce a decision on this in time for the payment to be made on the first possible date under the law.
I can assure the right hon. Gentleman that these men are not forgotten. We have been negotiating on their case for some time. This is why we are not able now to take decisions.