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Civil Servants (Living Costs)

Volume 165: debated on Wednesday 17 January 1990

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to assess how living costs in Sussex and the south-east affect Civil Service recruitment in those areas.

None. Long-term pay agreements already cover over 95 per cent. of the Civil Service, and provide for variations in pay by location. Pay rates are determined in the light of the need to recruit and retain staff within what can be afforded.