Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 26th March 1979.

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Photo of Mr Charles Morris Mr Charles Morris , Manchester Openshaw 12:00 am, 26th March 1979

I cannot accept my hon. Friend's view that the offer made this morning is either unrealistic or inconsistent. Let us look at what we have suggested. We have suggested the implementation of pay research-based increases by 1 April 1980. Those increases, by the very nature of things, are likely to be appreciable. We have conceded arbitration on individual grade settlements. We have conceded an operative date of 1 April 1979. We have conceded pension-ability on promulgated rates of pay, and our opening initial offer of 7 per cent., with discussions on staging, was wholly realistic and consistent. I hope that the National Staff Side will reconsider its position and accept the Lord Privy Seal's offer of continuing negotiations.