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Incomes Policy

Volume 932: debated on Tuesday 24 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if the Government were able to ensure strict observance throughout the public sector of the wages policy contained within Command Paper No. 6151 including paragraph 4 of the Annex to that document; and if he will list the sectors where strict observance was not applied.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if the reference in paragraph 20 of Command Paper No. 6507 to interpretation of wages policy in phase 2 means that in the Government's view what applied in particular cases during phase 1 should apply without amendment in phase 2.

The position is that in general the interpretation of the policy in particular circumstances is the same as in the previous period.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment, for the purposes of implementing phase 2 of the incomes policy, what guidance the Government have given the public sector, including local authorities, on how to calculate "incremental drift".

, pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 23rd May 1977], gave the following information:No detailed guidance has been laid down, but it has been open to negotiators to discuss particular problems on the costing of incremental systems with my Department if they wish.