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Pay Settlements

Volume 940: debated on Monday 28 November 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what legal or other actions the Government may take where a private or public company awards its workers increases in pay above the Government's 10 per cent. norm and where the business concerned has no Government assistance in the way of finance and contracts.

As I have previously indicated to my hon. Friend, the great majority of employees who have settled since 1st August have observed the Government's pay policy. If settlements come to notice which are in breach of the policy, my Department seeks their renegotiation to bring them into line with the policy. This procedure is followed whether or not discretionary powers are available.