§ Mr. Nicholas Winterton
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will publish the timetable to implement the amended salary scales for university teachers; and if she will make a statement on the current state of negotiations between her Department and the Association of University Teachers.
§ Mr. Sproat
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what progress she is making regarding the settlement of the university teachers' salaries claim, both with regard to salary scales and timetable for implementation.
§ Mrs. Shirley Williams
There is no agreed timetable, although a pay settlement is to be negotiated, within the Government's present guidelines, to take effect from 1st October 1977.
My Department does not negotiate with the Association of University Teachers (AUT). Representatives of AUT and of the university authorities, meeting under an independent chairman, jointly prepare a report for consideration by, and negotiation with, the Department. The report now under consideration was submitted on 29th December 1977.