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Departmental Pay

Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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. [106755]

Following the Government's response to the Equal Opportunity Commission Task Force 'Just Pay' report, all departments and agencies are committed to reviewing their pay systems by April 2003 and to prepare action plans to close any equal pay gaps. The Cabinet Office has issued guidance to assist in these reviews. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and its agencies are on course to complete the reviews by the end of April. non-departmental public bodies were not formally covered by the commitment, but they are undertaking reviews as a matter of good practice.