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Superannuation Bill

Part of Freedom of Information (Amendment) – in the House of Commons at 5:13 pm on 7th September 2010.

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Photo of Francis Maude Francis Maude The Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office 5:13 pm, 7th September 2010

I can reassure my hon. Friend that that is exactly our aim. It is one of the great myths-I have sometimes heard this expounded even in this august House-that all civil servants are highly paid. That is simply not the case. As he says, the average pay of the civil servant is, I believe, around £23,000, and half of civil servants are paid £21,000 or less. In the pecking order, as it were, of the different sectors, average pay is highest in the wider public sector, private sector pay is next, and civil service pay is the lowest. So my concern for lower-paid civil servants is real and genuine, and it is based on a proper understanding of the concerns that exist.

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