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Public Sector: Pay

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 4 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussion he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the economic benefits for Wales arising out of the introduction of regional pay in the public sector. (147294)

I have regular discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

It is essential that all public sector workers receive a fair rate of pay wherever they live. Pay reflects the individual circumstances facing each workforce, for instance recruitment and retention, operational circumstances, local labour market considerations, pay modernisation and the value of the total reward package. With major Welsh towns and cities like Cardiff, Newport and Swansea now enjoying increased prosperity and a booming property market, Wales is not necessarily one single labour market.