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Public Prosecution Service

Volume 703: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 3 June (WA 47), why the average salary of a legally qualified employee in the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland increased by 18.8 per cent between 2006–07 and 2007–08; and whether this increase will be maintained annually. [HL4660]

The average salary has not increased by 18.8 per cent. Although total salaries have increased, so too has the average number of staff for each period—in line with the number identified by a capacity model at the Public Prosecution Service inception.

The average salary of legally trained staff actually fell over the period 2006-07 as the major increase in staff numbers was at the lowest grade (equivalent to deputy principal). The average salary of legally trained staff rose by 2.6 per cent between 2006-07 and 2007-08.

All salary increases were in accordance with NIO pay settlements.