HC Deb 09 February 1981 vol 998 cc267-8W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if, in view of the recent increases in salaries awarded to the top paid people in Post Office services and the consequent increase in all forms of charges for postal services, he will issue a general direction to the Post Office requiring it to adhere strictly to the Government's policy of a 6 per cent. cash limit.

Mr. Michael Marshall

No. Post Office pay negotiations are a matter for the Post Office Board and its employees, within the disciplines established by the external financing limits of the postal and telecommunications businesses. Moderation in pay settlements in the public, as in the private, sector is essential if inflation is to be reduced without further, and wholly unecessary, increases in unemployment.