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Public Sector Pay Settlements

Volume 961: debated on Wednesday 31 January 1979

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his commitment to offset excessive settlements in the public sector by less public spending on other things means that cash limit blocks for pay and general administrative expenses, unaffected by excessive pay claims, will be reduced, that economies will be found within other areas of cash limit expenditure, that cuts will be made in identified public spending programmes, or that the increases will be set off against the contingency reserve.

I would refer the hon. Member to my right hon. Friend's speech in the House on 25 January.—[Vol. 961, c. 751–66.]