To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received alleging loss of benefits and rights to civil servants from the planned transfer of the Property Services Agency to a wholly-owned Government company; if he will list the benefits and rights referred to and Her Majesty's Government's response in respect of each benefit or right; what plans Her Majesty's Government has to extend the transfer proposal to other areas of work currently in the civil service sector; and if he will make a statement.
A variety of representations and requests for clarification have been received. No decision has yet been taken on whether the Property Services Agency should trade for a period as a wholly owned Government company or companies prior to sale. Employees' terms and conditions of employment would be protected by the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981. Separate discussions are taking place on the new pension scheme that would be required to replace the principal civil service pension scheme; this will be broadly comparable with the existing scheme and staff will not be disadvantaged by any changes. Redundancy entitlements which are currently within the principal civil service pension scheme will be transferred as far as possible identically. I have no plans to include other areas of work in the privatisation of the Property Services Agency.
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