§ Mr. Hilary Benn
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what is the average starting salary for new graduates employed by the Civil Service. 
§ Mr. Stringer
Salary ranges and pay arrangements vary from Department to Department. Information is not held in the form requested. Entrants to the Civil Service Fast Stream Development Programme can expect salaries in London to start from around £17,500, with additional amounts for relevant experience.
Many graduates join the Service as junior managers. The average starting salary at this level during 1998–99 was £15,640.