§ Mr. Wareing
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will make a statement on the strike of 491W officials at the West Derby Office of his Department in Princess drive, Liverpool; and what steps he is taking to bring the dispute to a satisfactory and equitable conclusion.
§ Mr. Peter Lloyd
A total of 44 members of staff at the Department's West Derby local office are currently taking strike action over management's proposals to transfer a small number of excess staff to neighbouring offices for temporary periods.
Discussions have taken place between regional management and the trade unions. The unions are recommending to their members that they return to work early this week.
A full public service will be restored at the office as soon as possible thereafter.