Civil Service Pay Research Unit

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th March 1967.

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Photo of Mr Anthony Gardner Mr Anthony Gardner , Rushcliffe 12:00 am, 7th March 1967

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the findings of the Civil Service Pay Research Unit in order to provide a comparison of pay and conditions between private employment and the norm accepted by the Civil Service National Whitley Council.

Photo of Mr Niall MacDermot Mr Niall MacDermot , Derby North

No, Sir. Much of the information received by the unit is available only if treated as confidential.

Photo of Mr Anthony Gardner Mr Anthony Gardner , Rushcliffe

Will my hon. and learned Friend accept that this was intended to be a helpful Question? Would not he agree that the very important finding of this unit would be helpful in setting an objective standard by which we could decide precisely who were the lower paid workers?

Photo of Mr Niall MacDermot Mr Niall MacDermot , Derby North

I accept what my hon. Friend says about his intention, but the difficulty about publication is that the usefulness of this work depends on retaining confidentiality.