§ 25. Mr. Nellist
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on the recent Office of Manpower Economics report comparing civil service pay levels with the private sector; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mrs. Gillian Shephard
Each of the civil service long-term pay agreements provides for a survey every four years of the pay and benefit levels in relevant jobs outside the public services sector to inform the pay negotiations. There are no such surveys this year. When my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer met representatives of the National Union of Civil and Public Servants on 11 June, they referred among other things to the survey conducted last year in respect of executive and related staff.