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Wage Rates

Volume 14: debated on Tuesday 8 December 1981

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asked the Prime Minister to what extent it is the policy of Her Majesty's Government that wage rates in the nationalised industries should be in line with those paid by the private sector.

Much of the private sector has been under very considerable pressure recently, and this has been visible in many pay settlements. The Government have consistently stressed the need for nationalised industries similarly to hold down all their current costs, including unit labour costs.