The other members of the executive were trade unionist Basil McIvor as Minister of Education, trade unionist Herbert Kirk as Minister of Finance, Austin Currie, member of the SDLP, as Minister of Housing, Unionist Leslie Morrell as Minister of Agriculture, Paddy Devlin, member of the SDLP, as Minister of Health and Social Affairs, trade unionist Roy Bradford as Environment Minister and trade unionist John Baxter as Information Minister.  This new executive, composed of the above-mentioned members, took office and held its first meeting on 1 January 1974.  The UUP was deeply divided: its Standing Committee voted by 132 votes to 105 to participate in the executive. On Monday 8 April 1974, Merlyn Rees, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, held a meeting with representatives of the Ulster Workers` Council (UWC). The meeting did not lead to an agreement. . . .