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Banks: Manpower

Volume 506: debated on Thursday 4 March 2010

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the effect of the reclassification of employees of nationalised banks on the (a) number of public sector employees and (b) total public sector pay bill in the next 12 months; (318633)

(2) what recent estimate he has made of the effect of the reclassification of employees of banks in public ownership on (a) the number of people employed in the public sector and (b) total public sector pay bill.

It is a matter for the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to determine classification of employees in these banks and the impact that any such classification has on public sector pay over the next 12 months will be reflected in ONS statistics.