§ Mr. Sillars
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what wage increases were granted to policemen during phase 1 of the incomes policy; what is the position with regard to phase 2; and what deductions are to be made from the pay of individual policemen to take account of incremental drift.
§ Mr. Merlyn Rees
Police up to the rank of chief superintendent got an increase averaging 29.8 per cent. with effect from 1st September 1975. I told the House on 19th May that I was proposing to make and lay regulations at an early date to give the federated ranks increases of 5 per cent. on earnings with a minimum of £2.50 and a maximum of £4 a week with effect from 1st September 1976. It has not been necessary to make any deductions to take account of increments.