It is for the National Joint Council for Local Authorities' Fire Brigades to seek to reach agreement on officers' pay on the basis of the recommendations of the National Board for Prices and Incomes. My right hon. Friend is not represented on the Council, but I understand that the Officers' Committee is to meet on 25th July.
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there is very great dissatisfaction in this splendid public service? They feel that they are being treated very badly. They should have an award very quickly.