§ Mr. Hinchliffe
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will make a statement on local authorities' responsibilities when implementing national pay review body awards for chief executive officers. 
§ Mr. Raynsford
[holding answer 29 April 1998]Agreement was reached last year in the national negotiating body for chief executives on a new package of pay and conditions. The principal pay-related features of the package were a 2.5 per cent. pay rise from 1 July 1997; and local reviews in each local authority of the salary of their chief executive, to be completed by 1 April 1998 in the light of the new national pay structure and the accompanying national agreement on implementation. Any further pay rise stemming from the local review is to be paid from 1 January 1998.