Staff Dispersal (Scotland)

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 Willie Hamilton Mr Willie Hamilton , Central Fife 12:00 am, 26th March 1979

asked the Minister for the Civil Service what progress is being made with the dispersal of civil servants to Scotland.

Photo of Mr Charles Morris Mr Charles Morris , Manchester Openshaw

Detailed planning for the dispersal of Civil Service posts to Scotland is proceeding according to the timetable announced by my right hon. and noble Friend the Lord Privy Seal in July 1977.

Photo of Mr Willie Hamilton Mr Willie Hamilton , Central Fife

Will the Minister give an assurance that that timetable will be exactly as scheduled, irrespective of the opposition of some Civil Service unions? Will be assure us that it will still go ahead?

Photo of Mr Robert Adley Mr Robert Adley , Christchurch and Lymington

Will the Minister tell the Secretary of State for Scotland that there will be widespread support for any Minister who puts the interests of the taxpayer and the general public as the highest priority in dealing with disputes in the Civil Service?

Photo of Mr Charles Morris Mr Charles Morris , Manchester Openshaw

I shall convey the hon. Gentleman's view to the right quarter, but I cannot anticipate the reaction.

Photo of Mr Robert Rhodes James Mr Robert Rhodes James , Cambridge

When the Minister is dealing with the dispersal of the Civil Service to Scotland and is negotiating with the Civil Service unions, will be emphasise that it is the Conservative Party which, over the last two years, has been pressing to restore the Pay Research Unit?

Photo of Mr Charles Morris Mr Charles Morris , Manchester Openshaw

That is an interesting point, but I question whether a Conservative Administration would have given the concession given by the Labour Government in implementing the pay research-based increases.