HC Deb 20 May 1965 vol 712 cc271-2W
Mr. Charles Morrison

asked the First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Economic Affairs, into which category of exceptions to Her Majesty's Government's incomes policy, as outlined in paragraph 15 in the White Paper on Prices and Incomes Policy, the increase in salary for approximately 8,000 prison officers of 6 per cent. backdated to 1st January, 1964, and a further 3½ per cent. backdated to 1st January, 1965, comes.

Sir F. Soskice

I have been asked to reply.

The recent increase of 6 per cent. backdate to 1st January, 1964, was determined in accordance with the recommendations in the report of the Wynn-Parry Committee (Cmd. 544), which recommended that the pay of prison officers should move with the pay of other civil servants on comparable salary levels. It took account of all relevant developments since the last comprehensive review of prison officers' pay took effect in December 1958.

The further increases of 3½ per cent. from 1st January, 1965, and 1st January, 1966, are in line with the principles set out in the White Paper.