asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer why no settlement has yet been reached with the Society of Technical Civil Servants in respect of their pay claim, submitted on 28th October last and acknowledged by his Department on 19th November last, in view of the delay and consequent concern in this society.
§ Mr. MacDermot
It is assumed that the hon. Member refers to the pay claim on behalf of the Draughtsmen Grades of the Civil Service.
Very substantial increases (up to 17.1 per cent. over existing 1st January, 1965, pay) have been claimed: these require very careful consideration. There has been no delay in dealing with the claim.