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Departmental Pay

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the last equal pay review was completed, in line with the Equality Opportunities Commission guidance, for (a) her Department's headquarters, (b) each of its executive agencies and (c) her Department's Government offices; when those equal pay reviews were made available to the recognised trades unions of each of her Department's bargaining units; and if she will place in the Library each of those reviews. (193708)

[holding answer 13 March 2008]: The information requested is as follows:


The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) was created on 5 May 2006, inheriting functions and employees, under Machinery of Government changes, previously the responsibility of the Office of Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM), the Home Office (Communities Group) and the DTI (Women and Responsibilities Unit). The last equal pay review completed was the ODPM 2003 Equal Pay Review. This was made available to the trade unions in April 2003. The 2006-07 Equal Pay Review is due to be completed by June 2008.

Government offices

The last equal pay review for Government offices was carried out in June 2007 and sent to the unions in July 2007. This has been deposited in the Library of the House.

The Planning Inspectorate

PINS' recognised trade unions, PCS and Prospect, participated fully in the Equal Pay Review and the final report was made available to them when it was completed in September 2007 and has been deposited in the Library of the House.

The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre

No full equal pay review has been completed for the QEII Conference Centre.

Fire Service College

The Fire Service College undertook an equal pay review in line with Cabinet Office requirements in 2003. The review findings were communicated widely within the College, and were shared with the unions. Unfortunately, due to both significant change in college management and HR structures since 2003, and also various changes in responsibilities for key staff, the college is unable to locate the original report and associated data. However, summaries of the review and the agreed actions were compiled at the time, these have been deposited in the Library of the House.