§ Mr. Squire
asked the Minister for the Civil Service whether he remains committed to the principle of linkage between the pay of the Metropolitan Police and that of the 9,000 other forms of police, including British Rail and Dock Police.
§ Mr. Channon
The terms of reference of the Wright inquiry into the pay and conditions of the non-Home Department police forces, which was appointed by the previous Administration in November 1978, required the inquiry to recommend for each police force what the appropriate pay relativity should be with the Home Department's forces. As I said in my answer of 2 July to the hon. Member for Whitehaven (Dr. Cunningham), I shall make a statement on the Wright report as soon as possible.