§ 1. Mr. Perkins
asked the Minister of Labour the results of the meeting of representatives of the operators of Reserve Flying Training Schools and the British Air-Line Pilots Association held on 22nd April under his auspices concerning rates of pay for flying instructors employed at these schools.
§ The Minister of Labour (Mr. Robens)
After the preliminary meeting which was held on 2nd April between the representatives of the operators of Reserve Flying Training Schools and the British Air-Line Pilots Association, the employers held a separate meeting on 30th April and subsequently asked the Department to convene a further joint meeting with the Association. This was held on 30th May and, although progress was made, two points still remain to be decided. These are the subject of further consideration, and the parties have agreed that they shall be submitted to arbitration, if not otherwise settled.
§ Mr. Perkins
I thank the Minister for his very helpful attitude in this difficult problem, but would he use his good offices with the Air Ministry to persuade them to adopt a less unhelpful attitude, because the whole problem depends entirely on whether the Air Ministry will be prepared to negotiate fresh contracts with these various firms?
§ Mr. Robens
I think the discussions are going well. When the hon. Member reads the answer I am perfectly certain that he will be satisfied with the progress which has been made.
§ Mr. Perkins
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the men concerned are so dissatisfied that they are taking the dispute to the industrial court?