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Pay Audits

Volume 407: debated on Thursday 19 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on completing a pay audit in his Department and its non-departmental public bodies to measure any disadvantage in terms of remuneration for (a) women, (b) ethnic minorities and (c) people with disabilities; and if he will publish the results of such an audit. [117437]

We have completed the review of our pay systems in line with the Government's commitment in response to the Equal Opportunities (EOC) Task Force "Just Pay" report. There was found to be no significant disadvantages revealed by the equal pay review, although there is some further consideration being given in three areas.A copy of our report, which includes the action plan, has been placed in the Library.