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Public Sector: Pay

Volume 504: debated on Thursday 28 January 2010

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by what mechanism the Government plans to vet public sector employment contracts paying more than £150,000; and whether that mechanism will apply to existing contracts. (312165)

As announced in the 2009 pre-Budget report (CM 7747) at paragraph 6.50, I shall approve pay levels in excess of £150,000 for appointments subject to ministerial approval (including those within the civil service). Where ministerial approval is not required the Government expect all organisations making appointments on salaries in excess of £150,000 to publicly justify this to the relevant Secretary of State.

This will apply to new contracts, including cases of reappointment or appointment to a new post.