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Cost-Of-Living Sliding Scales (Policy)

Volume 774: debated on Monday 25 November 1968

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity whether it remains the Government's policy that if cost-of-living increases give rise to wage increases of more than 3½ per cent. the Government will not oppose them this year but any excess would have to count against the ceiling for next year.

The Government's policy in relation to cost-of-living sliding scales was set out in paragraph 41 of the White Paper on Productivity, Prices and Incomes Policy for 1968 and 1969 (Cmnd. 3590) which said that pay increases resulting from existing arrangements should be taken fully into account in applying the ceiling to the pay of the group covered.