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Pay Research Unit

Volume 957: debated on Tuesday 7 November 1978

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asked the Minister for the Civil Service what research relating to comparability of pay of the Civil Service and of different groups in the private sector has been carried out in 1978 by the Pay Research Unit; and upon what date a report on such research will be published.

The terms of reference for the director of the Pay Research Unit, including the research to be undertaken, are set out in the 1977 Civil Service pay agreement, a copy of which has been placed in the Library of the House. The survey reports of the Pay Research Unit are confidential to the negotiating parties, but the Pay Research Unit board will publish its first annual report on the work of the unit in due course.

asked the Minister for the Civil Service if he will give an assurance that the findings of the independent Civil Service Pay Research Unit will be implemented in full by Her Majesty's Government as from 1st April 1979.

The findings of the Pay Research Unit will provide a basis for negotiations leading to a settlement for the non-industrial Civil Service from 1st April 1979. It is too early to consider what form the settlement will take and no assurances can be given at this stage.