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Pay Awards

Volume 130: debated on Wednesday 30 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will give the number of his Department's staff at grade 2 and grade 3 who have received discretionary pay awards, the proportion of staff in receipt of the awards with the average amount by grade, and the total expenditure; and if he will make a statement.

The Department made three awards at grade 2 level and 11 awards at grade 3 level in October 1987 representing 25 per cent. and 20 per cent. respectively of the total numbers in each grade. Payments were made in the form of increments of £2,500 to grade 2 and £2,000 to grade 3. Expenditure on the basis described would be £29,500 in a full year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if executive officers, higher executive officers and senior executive grades in his Department are being considered for a pay increase similar to the discretionary awards paid to grades 2 and 3 in his Department; and if he will make a statement.

Pay for these grades is negotiated centrally by Her Majesty's Treasury.