§ 36. Mr. David Price
asked the Secretary of State for Employment when he expects the tripartite steering group studying job satisfaction to report; and whether its conclusions will be published.
§ Mr. Chichester-Clark
The steering group, of which I am chairman, held its first meeting last Tuesday. It considered that its first priorities should be to inform itself of existing thought and practice with a view to encouraging action within industry and commerce, and to foster research and experiment. This will call for a continuing effort. I do not at present envisage that the steering group will wish to draw up a comprehensive report. After it has surveyed the field of existing experience it may wish to publicise some basic ideas about the design of jobs and the organisation of work so as to stimulate fresh thinking amongst employers and unions.