HC Deb 27 April 1983 vol 41 cc318-9W
Mr. Deakins

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what would be the percentage increase in the cost of the current Civil Service pay claim on the salary bill for civil servants in the following salary bands, or, their nearest equivalent: up to £5,000 a year, £5,001 to £10,000 a year, £10,001 to £15,000 a year and over £15,000 a year, respectively; and how many civil servants are in each of these salary bands.

Mr. Hayhoe

Detailed information is not available in the precise form requested but the claim can be broken down as follows:

Average per cent. increase for those staff covered and number of staff (1 September 1982)
per cent. number
i. minimum wage for all non-industrial civil servants aged 18 or over of £85 per week 25 44,000
ii. flat rate increase of £12 per week (£626.40 per annum) for all non-industrial civil servants on national salaries up to and including £6,264* per annum 13 248,000
iii. 10 per cent, increase for staff on national salaries above £6,264 per annum (see ii) but not more than £9,758 per annum (the current HEO maximum) 10 166,000
* cut-off point for general increase of 10 per cent. plus underpinning minimum increase of £12 per week.

For 49,000 staff covered by the claim who are on national salaries above £9,758 per annum substantial but unspecified increases were sought. However, an agreement was reached on Maundy Thursday between the Treasury and the negotiating team representing the Council of Civil Service Unions. The main ingredients of this agreement give increases in pay from 1 April 1983 of 4 per cent. for staff who are on their scale maximum or are paid flat rates of pay, and 3½per cent. for other staff, with an additional increase of £70 a year for all staff aged 18 and over.