Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware that the settlement of this dispute is of the utmost significance to all those who are engaged in industrial arbitration in the private sector during the corning year? Have the Honeyman arbitrators been asked to take account of the Government's considerations concerning lower payment or productivity in the light of their prices and incomes policy? If not, will he take those considerations into account when considering the Honeyman proposals and inform the House accordingly?
I agree with the first part of the hon. Gentleman's supplementary question, namely, that it is extremely important, for all manner of reasons, to achieve a settlement of this dispute. That is why this dispute is now going through the procedure carefully laid down by the House of Commons in the Remuneration of Teachers Act, 1965. The second part of the supplementary question should properly be addressed to my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour.
It is not entirely up to me. It depends very much on what comes out of the arbitration procedure. As I understand their timetable, they will probably make their report within a very small number of days from now. I would hope that we could achieve some clarity about the whole position before the end of July.
I very much hope so. There are two bodies here, over neither of which—quite rightly—have I any control. One is the arbitral body. The other is the Burnham Committee, which must meet to discuss the matter after the arbitral body has reported. So the timetable, as the right hon. Gentleman knows well, is not under my control. Like everybody else involved, I should like the earliest possible settlement to a very long drawn out dispute.