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Industry and Education

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:58 pm on 21st November 1994.

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Photo of David Winnick David Winnick , Walsall North 3:58 pm, 21st November 1994

The right hon. Gentleman has just mentioned the gas industry; earlier, he mentioned labour costs. How can he justify the 75 per cent. increase that will bring the salary of the gas industry's chief executive to about £500,000 a year, at a time when the Government are constantly telling people in both the private and the public sector that there is no justification for any pay increase above 2 per cent? Is not such an increase disgraceful, given that the gas industry is to raise its prices next year? It is an affront to millions of gas users.