§ Mr. Baker
asked the Minister for the Civil Service whether, in reactivating the Pay Research Unit, clear instructions have been given to the Unit to define some benchmark for relativities and pay comparisons in a previous year; and whether it is his intention, in judging any reports of the new Pay Research Unit, to have regard to past movements in the relationships between public sector pay and that of the private sector and to the implications of its recommendations for that relationship in the future.
§ Mr. Charles R. Morris
No. The evidence provided by the Pay Research Unit does not relate to pay relativities in any previous year but to a fair comparison of Civil Service pay with the current remuneration of outside staffs employed on broadly comparable work.979W