New Clause 1 — Consents required for civil service compensation scheme modifications
Francis Maude (Minister for the Cabinet Office; Horsham, Conservative)
My hon. Friend is completely right: there has to be flexibility. That is why I have always said that the caps imposed by the Bill are not right for a permanent system because they do not provide that flexibility. The scheme that has been brokered between the negotiators for five of the unions would provide much greater flexibility and would, I think, meet the concerns that he raises.