§ The Lord President of the Council (Baroness Amos)
My right honourable friend the Minister of State for Northern Ireland has made the following Ministerial Statement.
The report of the Prison Service Pay Review Body on the pay of governor and officer grades in the Northern Ireland Prison Service for 2004 has been published today. Copies have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.
Both the Secretary of State and I welcome the recognition in the report of the work of staff in the Northern Ireland Prison Service.
The review body has recommended a 2 per cent increase (part consolidated, part non-consolidated) on existing rates of pay for the 12-month period commencing 1 April 2004.
I have decided to accept the recommendations and implement the award in full.