Unemployed Persons

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23rd January 1979.

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Photo of Mr Albert Booth Mr Albert Booth , Barrow-in-Furness 12:00 am, 23rd January 1979

If some of the demands being advanced were met, it would mean a massive increase in the wages bill for a number of public service employees, including those in local authorities. That is one of the reasons why I and other Ministers are seeking to reach an agreement about solving some of the problems of lower-paid public servants without bringing about the undesirable effects to which the hon. Gentleman referred.