HC Deb 25 April 2001 vol 367 cc272-3W
Mr. Oaten

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what provision he is making for his Department's staff who wish to continue to be paid on a weekly basis. [158541]

Dr. Moonie

The Ministry of Defence's industrial staff will transfer from weekly to monthly pay during April and May this year as part of the process of harmonising their pay and grading arrangements with those of non-industrial staff, who are paid monthly. The change to monthly pay was negotiated with the industrial trade unions and supported by a majority of industrial staff who voted in favour by ballot. As is normal practice, the change will apply to all industrial staff covered by the negotiations and consequently there is no provision for staff to continue to be paid weekly.