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Departmental Pay

Volume 403: debated on Tuesday 8 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made with the pay review in his Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible, with particular reference to the gender pay gap; and if he will make a statement. [106739]

In response to the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) Task Force "Just Pay" report, the Government has committed all departments and agencies to review their pay systems by April 2003 and prepare action plans to close any gaps. The Cabinet Office issued comprehensive guidance in January 2002 to assist departments and agencies in carrying out these reviews. Additional guidance on the completing of action plans was issued in early March 2003. The Home Office and its agencies will be completing their reviews by April 2003 followed by their action plans to close any equal pay gaps.