Metropolitan Police Force

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 28th April 2003.

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Photo of David Taylor David Taylor Labour/Co-operative, North West Leicestershire 2:30 pm, 28th April 2003

Last year's pay reform package allowed police authorities and, indeed, the Met to make special priority payments to officers where there are recruitment or retention difficulties, greater than average responsibilities or where the needs of the job are more demanding than average. The Police Federation points out that in some cases that has had a perverse effect, leading to constables being paid more than sergeants, sergeants more than inspectors and inspectors more than higher ranks. Does the Minister believe that that is good for the effective organisation of the Metropolitan police?

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