§ 16. Mr. Marlow
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how he intends to recover the costs of the Civil Service strike.
§ Mr. Brittan
The financial cost of the strike to the Government will depend on the speed at which the shortfall in revenue is made good when the strike is over; it is too soon to decide about recovering additional costs. But my hon. Friend the Minister of State, Civil Service Department has said that, as the present industrial action continues, the Government will need to keep under review whether they can hold indefinitely to the terms of the present offer.