Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:03 pm on 13th September 2017.

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Photo of James Heappey James Heappey Conservative, Wells 1:03 pm, 13th September 2017

The shadow Minister has been very generous in giving way. May I be helpful and invite him perhaps to revise his earlier statement that the pay rise should be universal across the public sector? Surely that would advantage those in more senior, management positions, who would disproportionately benefit from such a pay rise, and perhaps actually the Government’s position of offering Ministers flexibility to increase pay where there is a clear need is a much better proposal than the universal pay rise that would only benefit fat cat managers.