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 Ian Wrigglesworth Mr Ian Wrigglesworth , Teesside Thornaby 12:00 am, 26th March 1979

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the offer will cause considerable resentment within the ranks of civil servants because they have been falling behind the private sector for two or three years? This exercise was designed to bring them up to the private sector level and to make good the drop that they had experienced over this period. As my right hon. Friend has said that the talks are just opening, will be confirm that the Government are prepared to reconsider their offer and, in particular, to take into account the interests of lower paid clerical officers and assistants, who are way below the figures that are regularly quoted in the press?