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London Weighting Allowance

Volume 130: debated on Thursday 31 March 1988

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what was the total value of that part of salaries paid as London weighting of the employees of each Government Department during the last year for which full figures are available; and what proportion of the total value of salaries paid by each Department of London employees the London weighting payments account for;(2) how many and what proportion of the employees of each Government Department receive London weighting payments.

[holding answers 25 March 1988]: The information is as follows, for non-industrial and industrial staff separately. There is no central record of the total salaries paid by each Department to London employees and this could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.


Cost of London weighting 1£ million

Number of staff receiving London weighting

Proportion of staff in department receiving London weighting per cent.



Agriculture, Fisheries and Food0·058014
Employment Group0·056010
Health and Social Security0·033013
Home Office0·222107
Stationery Office0·9466048
Trade and Industry0·0812036

1 Estimated cost in 1987–88 financial year.

2 As at 1 April 1987 (Source: Mandate).

3 The numbers for the Crown Prosecution Service are an estimate.

4 As at 1 January 1987 (Source: Departmental returns).