HC Deb 09 July 1968 vol 768 cc193-4
26. Mr Kenneth Baker

asked the Minister of Power what representations he has received for changes in the salary structure of the persons appointed by him in the coal, gas and electricity industries; what reply he has sent; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Mason

I would refer the hon. Gentleman to the Answer given on 1st July by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity.—[Vol. 767, c. 1081–6.]

Mr. Baker

That Answer referred to the whole salary structure of the P.I.B. Pending the P.I.B.'s Report, will the right hon. Gentleman give an assurance that salary considerations will not inhibit him from appointing the right man to the right job?

Mr. Mason

When vacancies arise I shall certainly do as the hon. Gentleman suggests and suggest the right man for the right job.

Mr. Emery

As there is a vacancy, will the right hon. Gentleman give an assurance that the salary level will not preclude him from attracting the best man for this job?

Mr. Mason

I am hoping that the salary will not preclude such an appointment. It depends, of course, on who we have in mind for the job.