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Delegation and Coherence

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 17 October 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what progress has been made in implementation of the policy statement Delegation and Coherence issued by the Cabinet Office in September 2006. (156830)

[holding answer 10 October 2007]: Cabinet Office officials continue to work with Departments and the civil service unions to implement the key areas identified in the statement to improve operation of the delegated pay arrangements. Discussions have taken place with Heads of Professions and Departments on greater pay coherence for similar workforce groups; a set of reward principles has been published to inform departmental reward strategies; the Treasury’s annual Pay Remit Guidance has been strengthened to help narrow unjustified pay gaps between Departments; and we are currently considering the scope for improving the delegation process and identifying areas that can be managed more corporately.