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Senior Salaries Review Body

Volume 494: debated on Thursday 18 June 2009

To ask the Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to extend the remit of the Review Body on Senior Salaries to enable it to advise public bodies other than those specified in its existing terms of reference. (277531)

The Review Body on Senior Salaries (SSRB) provides independent advice on the remuneration of holders of judicial office; senior civil servants; senior officers of the armed forces, very senior NHS managers and other such public appointments as may from time to time be specified by the Prime Minister. Full details of the Review Body’s remit can be found on the SSRB website:

http://www.ome.uk.com/review.cfm?body=4.

Appropriate pay setting mechanisms are already in place to cover public bodies other than those specified in this remit. In general, approval for the pay of chief executives of non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) is the responsibility of the parent Department, in consultation with HM Treasury. In making their decision, Departments take account of appropriate market comparators and public sector pay policy. The pay of other executives is normally included in an NDPB’s pay remit, which is normally approved by the parent Department.